Summer Energy Tips

Energy Savings Tips Video

Summer and the high temperatures it brings increase electrical loads. Keep cool this summer and save energy costs by following these simple tips around the house.

Summer cooling tips

  • Turn off unnecessary lights. Much of the energy from a light bulb is heat.
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs.
  • Make sure furniture or drapes do not block your registers for supply and return air.
  • Wear thin, loosely fitting clothes and you may not have to keep room temperatures as cool.
  • Keep the sun out of your house. Close blinds, shades or curtains during the hottest part of the day.
  • On mild days, open windows for natural ventilation and turn the air conditioning off.
  • Use portable or ceiling fans. Run ceiling fans counterclockwise. Even mild air movement of 1 MPH can make you feel 3 to 4 degrees cooler.
  • Apply sun-control or other reflective films on south-facing windows.


  • Cook on your outdoor grill. The indoor stove or oven can raise your kitchen's temperature as much as 5 to 10 degrees!
  • Use a microwave oven instead of a conventional oven to save money and keep your kitchen cooler.
  • Move a spare refrigerator out of the garage to an insulated basement or spare room. You’ll save money because the unit won’t have to work as hard to keep food cold.

Household chores

  • Do heat- and moisture-producing jobs such as cooking, cleaning, ironing and laundry during the cooler early morning and evening hours.
  • Air-dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s heat drying cycle.
  • Avoid unnecessary trips in and out of the house, especially on very hot days. Heat and humidity come in each time you open the door.

Find more energy saving tips at the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Savers website.

Learn how to get the most out of your air conditioner and how attic fans can help cool your home. Click here for more.

For more information

To learn more about staying cool and saving money, contact NOVEC's Energy Services department at 703-392-1503 or toll-free at 1-888-335-0500 ext. 1503 or via email.