SWEPCO Shares No-cost, Low-cost Tips to Save Energy This Summer

SHREVEPORT, La. (June 13, 2018) – As temperatures climb this week in the Ark-La-Tex, so will energy use. Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), an AEP company (AEP: NYSE) shares tips on how you can conserve energy and keep your electric bill in check.

No-cost tips

 Save heavy housework such as washing dishes, using the oven and laundry for cooler parts of the day. These appliances create heat and moisture that put an extra strain on your air conditioner.

  •   Keep direct sunlight out as much as possible. Close curtains, shades and blinds to hold down the temperature inside the home.

  •   Shut doors and close vents in unused areas of your home so that you don’t waste energy cooling empty rooms.

  •   Be sure the damper is tightly closed on a fireplace to prevent air loss.

Low-cost tips

 Clean or change the air filters in your air conditioning unit. Dirty filters cause the equipment to work harder, using up to 5 percent more energy than a clean filter.

 Use fans to circulate the air. The breeze makes the air feel cooler that it is. Fans only

cost $1-2 a month to operate.

  •   Properly ventilate your attic to prevent excess heat build-up, which causes your cooling

    system to work harder.

  •   Upgrade or install insulation can reduce cooling costs by as much as 20 percent.

  •   Replace old weather-stripping around doors and windows to prevent leaks.