Don’t let a heat wave spike your electric bill - Great River Energy

Don’t let a heat wave spike your electric bill

As a heat wave makes its way across Minnesota this week, Minnesota’s electric cooperatives are offering members advice on how to stay cool at home without running up their electric bill.

“These times when people in our community are using more electricity all at once — in this instance to stay cool — are called ‘peak hours,’” said Great River Energy Manager of Member Services and End Use Strategy Jeff Haase. “The cost to provide power ends up being higher due to increased demand. By conserving energy use during this period of high temperatures, you’ll not only be saving yourself money, but you’ll be helping maintain the reliability of our regional electric grid by reducing stress on it.”

Here are a few easy ways to conserve energy for the benefit of yourself and your neighbors:

  • 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. If you are unable to afford your cooling costs, weatherization or energy-related home repairs, reach out to your electric co-op and ask about Energy Assistance Programs.

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