NYSERDA offers tips to save energy during summer

Summer is here and that means you will probably be hosting more visitors at your home. Whether you’re entertaining guests for a short period or an extended summer stay, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offers these tips for energy-efficient hosting.

¿ Illuminate with Energy Star®. As you start increasing use of your outdoor space, buy Energy Star qualified outdoor lighting for your porch, deck or patio. Making the change from traditional lighting to Energy Star lighting can result in an energy savings of 75 percent or more. (Editor’s note: LED lights save more than CFLs, without having the worry of mercury).

¿ Microwave it or grill it. Can’t stand the heat in the kitchen? Use your microwave oven as much as possible in the summer rather than your regular oven. Microwave ovens use around 50 percent less energy than conventional ovens. You can also fire up the grill and dine al fresco! Your house will stay cooler and you’ll save energy.

¿ Check the date. If your current refrigerator was made before 1993, replace it with a new Energy Star model which uses half the amount of energy. If you have a fridge from the 1980s, replace it with an Energy Star qualified model and save over $100 per year on your utility bills.

¿ Keep it at zero. To save energy, keep the temperature of your freezer at 0°F.

¿ Curtains closed. Block out heat by keeping blinds or curtains closed during the day, especially on south-facing windows.

¿ Change the way you dry. If possible, dry clothes on a clothes line. If you use your dryer, try to do full loads, or reduce drying time for partial loads.

¿ Keep your lint trap clean. Remember to clean the lint trap before every laundry load; it’s an important energy saver and one of the easiest things you can do to increase drying efficiency. This step can save you up to $34 each year.

¿ Think early and late. Use ovens, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers in the early morning or late at night when it’s generally cooler outside.

For more information on NYSERDA programs, visit nyserda.ny.gov.