Beat the Heat - O&R Cool Tips
Here are more cool tips:
- Turning down or turning off air conditioning in your home while you are away or at work helps lower your energy bill.
- Setting your air conditioner to the highest temperature your comfort and health allow. Every degree you lower the thermostat raises your bill by 6 percent.
- Adjusting your air conditioner’s fan to a low setting can make you more comfortable. It’ll take longer for the air conditioner to cool your home, but your unit will bring in steamy air at a slower rate.
- If you have already received a new smart meter, you can take advantage of viewing your detailed energy usage and customized energy savings tips located in your online account at oru.com.
- Closing all doors and windows in your home while the air conditioning is running can make things cooler at a lower price.
- Cooking, baking or other household activities that produce heat and humidity are best left for the cooler times of the day and night.
- Pulling your curtains and shades closed can help block out the heat.
- Covering liquid items in the refrigerator is best. The humidity they give off forces the refrigerator to use more energy.
- Placing the most used items in one place in the refrigerator helps keep the door open for a shorter period of time.
For more cool tips, please vist O&R's website at www.oru.com
The New York State Department of Health website features a list by county throughout the state of cooling centers that are available locally to provide hot-weather relief for the general public.
Find that list by using this link. Always call the cooling center to make sure it is open before you attempt to visit it.
In New Jersey, the statewide 211 information organization has posted the following link to its website where it maintains a list of cooling centers, where available, by county.