Energy Saving Tips

What to Do If the Power Goes Out in the Summertime

There are many things that can cause a power outage during warmer months. It could be that a car accident has taken out the power lines in your neighborhood, or it's some other man-made problem. It could be an animal shorting out the power lines. Or, it could be bad weather. Whatever the cause, there is no need to panic.

The first thing you should do is to determine whether you are the only one without power. If you know where your fuse box is, check for tripped switches or blown fuses. If that is the problem, reset the breaker or replace the fuse. If the problem is more widespread, call your local electricity company. The phone number is in your phone book, and it is also on your electricity bill.

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Hang on to appliance manuals so you can refer to them for care information and possible energy-saving tips

Use the self-cleaning cycle of your oven right after you finish baking. That will give it a head start in heating up

Keep your freezer full. The fuller the freezer, the less cold air you lose when opening the door

Turn off outdoor lighting during the day. Try timer switches or photoelectric controls if the finger method is a bother

Place floor lamps and hanging lamps in corners. The reflection off the walls will give you more light

Use low-watt bulbs where lighting is not critical

Keep your outside air unit clean and clear of debris or weeds

Use the oven light to check on progress when cooking or baking

Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator before cooking