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.
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 www.diggershotline.com. Flags will be placed so you know where NOT to dig.
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.
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 www.focusonenergy.com.
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 www.focusonenergy.com/simple or (800) 230-4701.
For more information, visit www.mge.com/saving-energy/, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call MG&E's Home Energy Line at (608) 252-7117.