Beat the heat and save money and energy

By KBJR News 1

Beat the heat and save money and energy

July 3, 2012 Updated Oct 17, 2013 at 12:03 AM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- The Minnesota Department of Commerce says that it hasn't been this hot in 100 years and with a record heat wave on its way, officials are offering tips to save money and energy.

The Commerce Department's Division of Energy Resources is hoping to help people make informed decisions about their energy use, particularly as air conditioning units across the state are working overtime to keep homes and businesses cool.

- Switch energy use from high-cost to low-cost periods. Energy costs are usually higher on hot summer days, so try to run appliances in the evening when costs are usually lower.

- Use a programmable thermostat or ask your utility if they can automatically adjust your energy use during high cost periods.

- Tune up your air conditioner.

- Keep cool air inside.

- Use fans.

- Air dry dishes and clothes. (reduce your electricity use)

- Conserve power. (turn off devices when you are done using them)

- Use CFLs and LED lighting. Replace old inefficient lights with compact fluorescent light bulbs or light-emitting diodes. These bulbs will use one-third of the energy.

- Stay safe and check on elderly/vulnerable neighbors.

- Disconnection during extreme heat conditions. Consumers should know that a utility may not disconnect electrical service without the consent of the customer in an county.