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Simple at-home changes cut back on energy costs

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Decreased those heat-related outages from 15% in 2000 to just 1% last year. There are simple things you can do to keep your energy costs low.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah)- ABC 4 Utah’s show director Jeff Rawson let Rocky Mountain Power audit his house for energy savings. ABC 4 Utah’s cameras tagged along. Rocky Mountain Power Jeff Hymas pointed out one major red flag, using a major appliance like the dishwasher during peak house, from four to eight at night.

“When we get extreme temperatures and people are turning on their air conditioners that increases your electricity use and that has an impact on our equipment and that can sometimes cause outages,” said Rocky Mountain Power Spokesperson Jeff Hymas.

The last handful of outages were not heat-related. But another upcoming stretch of 100 degree days puts everyone at risk. The first tendency is for people to crank up the air conditioner.

“Ceiling fans? Should we leave them on all day or just leave them on at night?” asked homeowner Jeff Rawson.

“We actually recommend you set your thermostat to 78 or higher as long as you’re still comfortable and then using ceiling fans to circulate the air,” said Hymas.

What about energy you have to use like your fridge? You can’t let all that food spoil, but you can turn down the dial.

“Keep the temperature (of your fridge) between 37-40 degrees, and freezer at zero degree and that will help reduce energy use,” said Hymas.

Not just inside your home, but don’t forget about those vents that line the walls and connect to you’re a-c unit.

There’s a lot of little things to remember just click here to learn more about cutting back on energy costs in your home.
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