We hope you get to wind down and enjoy breaks from school or work this time of year. But your air conditioner is working 24/7 — no breaks allowed! This week, our DE blog covered two ways to lighten the load on your A/C (and your budget):
- Keep your A/C humming with DIY maintenance tips — small steps you can take to keep your system running at peak efficiency
- Reduce your energy usage by grilling outdoors — yet another reason to fire up the grill!
And we made an exciting announcement about a new program that can really make a difference for your favorite nonprofit group. Through our Reduce Your Use for Good program, we’re donating up to $100,000 to nonprofits to help reduce energy use. Nonprofits can apply to win $2,500 grants by making a two-minute video about who they are and what they do, then encouraging shares and “Likes” on Facebook. Our Reduce Your Use For Good Facebook app has a video and more info about the program. Be sure to share this info with a nonprofit that’s making a difference in your community!
As usual, our Twitter page has been buzzing with all kinds of interesting tips to keep cool and conserve energy. We tweeted about solar-powered ice cream carts, eight new ways to enjoy watermelon as well as these #ReduceYourUse #SaveEnergy tips:
- During hot weather, close drapes to keep sun rays out! It’ll keep the inside of your house much cooler.
- Water only when necessary. More plants die from over-watering than from under-watering!
- Use drip irrigation for shrubs and trees to apply water directly to the roots where it’s needed.
- Use a water-efficient showerhead. They’re inexpensive, easy to install and can save you up to 750 gallons a month.
- Adjust your watering schedule each month to match seasonal weather conditions and landscape requirements.
- Turn off the water while you shave and save up to 300 gallons a month!
Important reminder: Never give out personal information such as social security numbers and bank account numbers! Scammers in Texas, Michigan and elsewhere are collecting personal info and making false claims that the government will pay utility bills. So be vigilant, stay safe and report any suspicious requests to your state’s Attorney General.
And finally — have you checked out all the summer-themed music on our Spotify channel? Visit our Direct Energy Jams tab to get your weekend started!