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Here's How To Save Energy While Beating The Heat, Idaho

An outdoor thermometer points a red arrow at a temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
Temperatures in the Treasure Valley are forecast to exceed 100 degrees for seven of the next 10 days.

As temperatures spike, so will electricity bills. Finding ways to save money while staying cool is crucial.

With the Treasure Valley set to reach triple digits seven out of the next 10 days, people are looking for ways to beat the heat without emptying their wallets.

Theresa Drake is the senior manager of customer relations and energy efficiency at Idaho Power. She said one of the easiest ways to save money is by making small adjustments to your house’s temperature.

“For every degree that you can adjust your thermostat up in the summertime,” Drake said, “you can save about 2% of your energy bill.”

She also said taking other simple steps like closing your blinds and windows during the day will reduce energy use and have a significant impact on keeping your home cool.

“We would love for customers to use energy as freely as they’d like to," Drake said, "but we’d also like them to focus on, at least for right now, ways to be energy efficient."

Avoiding electricity during summertime peak hours, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., is another key way Drake said people can help conserve energy.

Here are some other tips from Idaho Power:

  • Ceiling fans can make the air feel several degrees cooler.
  • But remember: fans cool people, not rooms. Turn them off when you leave the room.
  • Use appliances that create heat (think: oven, dryer, dishwasher) in the early morning or late evening to avoid the hottest times of the day.
  • Or don't use those hot appliances at all! Consider grilling on the porch or line-drying your laundry outside.
  • To cool down, take a cool shower or wear lightweight clothing, rather than cranking the AC.
  • If you're leaving your house for a few days, turn off the air conditioning.