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C-U Issues Peak Demand Warning & Tips For Saving Energy

Springfield City Utilities has issued a peak demand warning for this week due to the excessive heat and humidity.

How Can Customers Conserve Energy and Save Money:

 Use a smart thermostat to adjust the setting at night and when no one is home. Keep your home
warmer than normal when you are away.

 Change or clean the filters in the air handler at least twice during the cooling season. On the
outside unit, keep the fins and coils free from leaves, dust and grass clippings and other debris.

 Close drapes and shades during the day to keep out the heat from the sun – especially on the south
and west sides.

 Turn ceiling fans counterclockwise to push cool air down.

 Keep cool air from heading out an exterior door by placing a draft stopper to block gaps at the
threshold, adding weather stripping inside door frames, or attaching a door seal to the bottom of the

 Cook with small appliances. Ovens release heat that makes it harder to keep your home cool. Try
cooking with appliances that use less energy, such as microwaves, crockpots, or an air fryer.

 Replace heat producing incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs.

 Check to make sure your fireplace damper is tightly closed.