Las Vegas residents watching their electric meter spin away in the heat wave can take advantage of a program called PowerShift from NV Energy to save money on their utility bills while still keeping their homes cool and comfortable.
“Air conditioning typically accounts for 50 percent of a summer electric bill, which is why PowerShift by NV Energy offers its customers home air conditioning and free Smart Thermostat services to ensure their cooling systems are working as efficiently as possible,” said Pat Egan, senior vice president of customer operations.
The home air conditioning service can help Southern Nevada residential customers cost-effectively improve their AC system and reduce monthly bills. Customers can receive instant discounts from approved contractors for air conditioning tuneups and early replacement.
Once the AC system is in shape, the Smart Thermostat service can lower air conditioning costs for an average single-family home by as much as $100 year. Participating customers will receive free of charge up to four smart programmable thermostats with energy-savings technology, online access, a free mobile app and 24/7 customer support.
For additional information on how to participate in any PowerShift by NV Energy service visit nvenergy.com/powershift.
Some other conservation tips include the following:
■ Set your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are home and 80 degrees when you are away.
■ Maintain your air conditioner by regularly changing air filters and cleaning condenser coils, making sure they are free from debris.
■ Replace incandescent light bulbs with more efficient LED bulbs, which can save approximately $7 per year on energy costs for each bulb installed.
■ Use your outdoor barbecue, rather than your kitchen oven, when possible to prevent excess heat buildup in your home.
■ Use pool trippers to reduce the time your swimming pool pump runs. Eight to 12 hours a day is plenty.
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