It was a hot summer and the electricity bills prove it. The Citizen’s Utility Board says ComEd customers used an extra $64 million in electricity during the mid-summer heat wave which saw the mercury rise to over 100 degrees in much of the state. Jim Chilsen, CUB spokesman, says electricity consumption was up across the state over the summer.
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But he says even with hot temperatures, electricity customers could have saved if they practiced energy efficiency. Chilsen says energy efficiency could have cut ComEd customers’ usage by 512 million kWh for a savings of $45.5 million.
Energy saving Tips from CUB include:
Use fewer lights at home
Replace traditional incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs
Turn off the coffee maker after brewing
Dry clothes outside or on a drying rack, instead of using the dryer
Lower window blinds on summer days to keep the home cooler
Use a smart power strip, which can help consumers combat “vampire power,” energy eaten by computers, TVs and other appliances that are plugged in but not being used
Wash larger loads of dishes
Use the microwave, which burns uses power than an electric oven and doesn’t overheat the home
Buy an efficient gas—not electric—clothes dryer
Turn off the home’s air conditioner one hour before leaving home.
With summer over and winter coming, Chilsen says it’s time for homeowners to start thinking about winterizing their homes.