ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – As outside temperatures continue to climb, PNM wants to share some tips on how to save energy. The demand for electricity is at its highest during the summer with so many people turning on their air conditioners to cool their home.
Families can expect to see that higher electricity usage reflected in their summer bills; therefore, PNM is offering some practical tips on how to save electricity and money as the hottest time of the year quickly approaches. Cooling the home:
1) Cooling adds up to about 50 percent of your electric bill in the summer. Set your thermostat as high as comfort permits. Save two to four percent on electricity for every degree higher the thermostat is set. Consider using a programmable thermostat to automatically have it do the work for you.
2) Draw blinds and curtains during the day, so the sun is not heating up the house, making the cooler kick on unnecessarily.
3) When using refrigerated air conditioning, keep doors and windows closed to keep the cool air in.
4) When using evaporative (swamp) coolers, crack some windows. The more humid the air in the house is, the less effective the evaporative cooler will be. Keeping a few windows cracked lets dry air in and damp air out. An inch or two of air space should be enough to create an effective cross breeze.
5) Use ceiling fans to help circulate the air. In the summer, they should be turning counterclockwise so air pushes downward, making the home feel cooler. Turn off fans when house is empty.
6) Turn off air conditioners and open windows whenever possible to allow outside air to cool your home.
7) Avoid using heat-generated appliances during the hottest part of the day like stoves, ovens, dishwashers, and laundry washers and dryers.
8) Make sure your air filters are changed and annual tune-ups are done for maximum efficiency PNM also offers energy saving programs to help people save money on electric bills.
The PNM Home Energy Checkup will help you save energy in your home and money on your bill. An energy specialist will perform an in-home, or virtual, visit to help you see how your home uses energy. They will also provide energy saving tips and devices to help save you money.
The PNM Online Home Energy Analyzer is an easy way to get useful energy information about the home. It is an online analysis tool that gives free advice on ways to save and presents available rebates after the online assessment.
The PNM Refrigerator Recycling Program gives customers $50 for their old working refrigerator or freezer. PNM picks up the old unit for free, pays customers for letting PNM recycle it, the old inefficient unit stays off the power grid and out of the landfill, and customers save by not operating an inefficient unit.
When it comes time to replace that refrigerator or freezer, make sure to get an energy efficient unit and the PNM rebate that comes with it.
To find more tips and programs that help save energy and money on electric bills, visit PNM.com/save.
With headquarters in Albuquerque, PNM is the largest electricity provider in New Mexico, serving more than 530,000 customers in dozens of communities across the state. PNM is a subsidiary of PNM Resources, an energy holding company also headquartered in Albuquerque. For more information, visit PNM.com.