TWEC offers tips on cooling that electric bill and you

Follow some easy tips to save energy and stay cool in the heat.

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WADENA — As a heat wave makes its way across Minnesota this week, Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative is offering its members advice on how to stay cool at home without running up their electric bill, according to a news release from the cooperative.
“These times when people in our community are using more electricity all at once — in this instance to stay cool — are called ‘peak hours,’” said Allison Uselman, Member & Energy Services Manager. “The cost to provide power ends up being higher due to increased demand. By conserving energy use during this period of high temperatures, you’ll not only be saving yourself money, but you’ll be helping maintain the reliability of our regional electric grid by reducing stress on it.”
Here are a few easy ways to conserve energy for the benefit of yourself and your neighbors:

  • Adjust your thermostat by raising it a few degrees during the day
  • Use ceiling fans to create a wind-chill effect that will make the air feel cooler to the skin
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes or shades
  • Keep doors and windows closed as much as possible
  • Turn off lights and electronics when not in use
  • Run large appliances at night (e.g., dishwashers, laundry machines)

Remember to keep your body cool, too, by drinking plenty of water.

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