Updated 07/17/2012 02:59 PM
National Grid offers energy saving tips to keep cool
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NEW YORK STATE -- Your first move to keep cool is probably turning on the AC or fan. It feels good, but can get costly.
National Grid is offering some other options to beat the heat, save money and conserve energy. They say you can draw the blinds, curtains and other window dressings to block the sunlight from coming in.
Also increasing the thermostat a few degrees can keep money in your wallet on hot days, especially since we've already seen a lot of days over 90 degrees so far.
National Grid Regional Executive Director Melanie Littlejohn said, “We’re at 14 days, which is a 50 percent increase of 90 plus degree temperatures. So with that, we just ask customers to be really mindful. And every little bit helps.”
The average for this time of year is seven 90 plus degree days. Other helpful energy tips include changing the filter to your air conditioner, using a programmable thermostat and turning off electronics when not in use.