Nobles Cooperative Electric is offering its members advice on how to stay cool at home without running up their electric bill.
As a heat wave makes its way across Minnesota this week, NCE General Manager Adam Tromblay noted that these are times when people in our communities are using more electricity all at once — in this instance to stay cool — are called “peak hours,” adding that the cost to provide power ends up being higher due to increased demand. By conserving energy use during this period of high temperatures, people will not only be saving themselves money, but helping to maintain the reliability of the NCE regional electric grid by reducing stress on it, Tromblay added.
Easy ways to safely conserve energy for the benefit of yourself and your neighbors include:
* Adjust your thermostat by raising it a few degrees during the day
* Use ceiling fans to create a wind-chill effect that will make the air feel cooler to the skin
* Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes or shades
* Keep doors and windows closed as much as possible
* Turn off lights and electronics when not in use
* Run large appliances at night (e.g., dishwashers, laundry machines)
Remember to keep your body cool, too, by drinking plenty of water.
Monday marks the second successive date of extreme heart. Jim Taggart with the National Weather Service says Madison was the warmest spot in Minnesota on Sunday at 102 degrees.
Cooler temperatures with lower humidity are expected Tuesday.