Summer energy-saving tips and resources

Posted by Samantha Haas on Thursday, September 6th, 2018 at 10:47am.

Summers in Wisconsin can be sweltering, and that often means electricity bills skyrocket with air conditioning units running to keep us cool and comfortable. But there are eco-friendly ways you can save money while staying safe this season. Leah Samson, residential services manager with Madison Gas and Electric (MG&E), shares the following energy tips and resources for homeowners.

Safety first!

  • If you smell natural gas, (yuck it stinks!) call your gas utility immediately. For MG&E it is (608) 252-1111.
  • Digging in your yard? Call 811 for the Diggers Hotline or visit Flags will be placed so you know where NOT to dig.

Be comfortable

  • Cook outside or with a microwave oven instead of a stove. Your AC unit will thank you because it won't have to work so hard.
  • Use ceiling fans and portable fans to cool down. Just remember to turn them off when you leave the room.

Save money

  • Set your thermostat for 78° or, better yet, use a programmable thermostat and raise the temperature to 85° when you aren't home or sleeping.
  • Get cash incentives on new, more efficient air conditioners through Focus on Energy at

Lower your impact on our Earth

  • Use what you need. Turn off or unplug appliances that aren't being used.
  • Use LED bulbs as incandescent bulbs give off a lot of heat and use more energy. Free LED bulbs kits are available at or (800) 230-4701.

For more information, visit, email or call MG&E's Home Energy Line at (608) 252-7117.

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