Milwaukee – As the Milwaukee Bucks continue their championship run on the hardwood, We Energies is getting in the game with an energy-efficient assist to customers. Our game plan of six simple steps can help you come through in crunch time and see nothing but net savings on your energy bill.
1. Swat away the sun
You don’t need to be the Greek Freak to block higher energy bills. Use blinds or curtains to keep the sun from heating up your home during the day. Not only will it keep you cooler, it also means your air conditioner won’t need to run as much.
2. Run a thermostat pick-and-roll
Setting your thermostat to 78 degrees can help you stay cool while managing energy costs. For a more effective play — and to save money — set it a few degrees higher when you’re asleep or away from home.
3. Avoid a charging foul
Cellphones, computers and other electronics can steal energy even while they’re turned off. Shut down wasted power by plugging these devices into a smart power strip or unplugging them when they’re not being used.
4. Use fans to create home-court advantage
Ceiling and standalone fans provide an efficient edge for your home, as they use less energy than an air conditioner. Use fans to stay cool and comfortable without turning your thermostat down as temperatures go up.
5. Play lockdown defense on leaks
Use caulk or weather stripping to put a full-court press on gaps and cracks around windows, doors and siding. These materials stop warm air from getting in and cool air from leaking outside your home.
6. Make a midrange play with the microwave
Microwaves and slow cookers are versatile options on game day. They use less energy than an oven and don’t heat up your home.