103°F
weather icon Clear

NV Energy program helps homeowners find ways to save

Triple-digit temperatures don’t mean your electric bill has to triple, too. NV Energy is out to educate home owners on how to keep their bills as low as possible.

A representative can come to your home to do an energy evaluation at no cost.

It should come as no surprise that 65 percent of one’s summer energy use is directly attributable to air conditioning. Keeping A/C units in good running order is tantamount to taming one’s electric bill.

Emily Huffman, energy educator for NV Energy, said programmable thermostats are big energy savers. They can be set for 82 to 85 degrees when the house is empty and then back to 78 to 80 degrees when it’s not.

Summerlin resident Jennifer Schuricht programs her thermostat so that it kicks down five degrees before she leaves work.

“It’s always comfortable by the time I get home,” she said.

Home owners with two stories and two A/C units can take advantage of balancing each unit’s output so the occupied floor is the more comfortable zone. At night, the non-bedroom-floor unit should be set warmer by five degrees, Huffman said. Always remember when programming the thermostat that heat rises.

Turning off one air conditioner is not wise as it means the remaining unit is stressed by extra duty.

Ceiling fans are a homeowner’s friend. By creating an air flow, the temperature can feel about seven degrees cooler, Huffman said. Turn ceiling fans off in rooms that are unoccupied.

The hottest part of the day is from 1 to 7 p.m. Not all the heat generated is from the sun. Avoid using appliances for baking and laundry during those hours.

A refrigerator in the garage is a nice convenience, but it’s a costly one. It uses three to four times the amount of energy as the one in the kitchen, Huffman said.

“The wasted amount of energy out weighs the amount of money you tried to save at Costco,” she said.

Give up that energy hog and NV Energy’s rebate program will garner you a $30 check — $50 this July and August.

Unplug items when not in use to avoid phantom power use — that trickle of electricity that adds to your bill. Claire McLaughlin of Henderson said she and her husband, Scott, “could be better about it. We do unplug things if we’re going away on vacation.”

An airtight home is an energy-efficient one. Attic insulation should be 10 inches thick. Outlets should be as air tight as possible. Seeing light all around your doorway equals a 4 -inch gaping hole in your wall, Huffman said.

Fluorescent bulbs are one of the biggest energy savers around. A 13-watt fluorescent bulb’s light is equivalent to the output of a 60-watt incandescent one. They last for years.

Sometimes, energy savers are just common sense: Plant shade trees, erect a patio cover and keep your blinds closed.

“When you’re walking through Home Depot or Lowe’s, there are so many options,” Huffman said regarding home improvements that can cut one’s energy bill. “To save money, go with (the changes) that provide the biggest bang for your buck.”

For information on any of NV Energy’s conservation programs — efficient pool pump rebates, refrigerator recycling and the CheckMe! Plus air conditioning program — visit nvenergy.com or call 402-1111.

Contact Summerlin and Summerlin South View reporter Jan Hogan at jhogan@viewnews.com or 387-2949.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Week in Pictures: April 28-May4

Take a look at some eye-catching pictures from Las Vegas Review-Journal photographers in the past week, including Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival, Pirate Fest, weather and Canelo vs. Jacobs. Children play inside a hot air balloon provided by Las Vegas Balloon Rides during the Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival on Saturday, May 4, […]

Week in Pictures: April 21-April 27

Take a look at some eye-catching pictures from Las Vegas Review-Journal photographers in the past week, including Golden Knights playoffs, Raiders draft and WBA lightweight championship bout. The Meadows School third baseman Sam Kaplan looks in a high ground ball during fielding practice, he will play at Cornell University next year on Wednesday, April 24, […]

Week in Pictures: April 14-April 20

Take a look at some eye-catching pictures from Las Vegas Review-Journal photographers in the past week, including Golden Knights playoffs and Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend. The Pink Moon, the nickname for April’s full moon, is not pink at all but yellow and sets in the west behind the Raiders Stadium early on Friday, April […]

Week in Pictures: March 17-March 23

Take a look at some eye-catching pictures from Las Vegas Review-Journal photographers in the past week, including Vegas Golden Knights, Cesar Chavez Day festival, prep baseball and El Cortez shooting. Brooklyn Ruiz, 10, center, of Redlands, Calif., jumps out of the pool while playing with her cousin, Analyce Lopez, 11, of Redlands, Calif., left, and […]

Week in Pictures: March 10-March 16

Take a look at some eye-catching pictures from Las Vegas Review-Journal photographers in the past week, including the West Coast Conference tournament, the Mountain West tournament and the Pac-12 tournament. The Stanford Cardinals celebrate after defeating the Oregon Ducks during a NCAA college basketball game in the final of the Pac-12 women’s tournament at the […]

Week in Pictures: Jan. 14-20

Take a look at some striking pictures from Review-Journal photographers in the past week, including weather features, a boxing match and the super blood wolf moon. Ronald Holmes plays the alto saxophone on The Strip as dark clouds move in on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Las Vegas. Clouds, rain and snow are expected in […]

7 ways autocomplete can get smarter

Autocomplete is one of the best (or depending on how hastily you push ‘send’ – worst) things in the world. We rely on it so much that Google plans to let us autocomplete whole emails. Here are seven ways predictive input can improve. 1. Recognizing names from previous emails Jakub Kokoszka has a tough name to […]

Movie posters might soon be based on your clicks

You may have thought you left Blockbuster behind, but the basic way we browse movies hasn’t changed all that much. We peruse poster after poster, kind of like walking the aisles of a ‘90s-era video store. That one poster image, meant to appeal to as many people as possible, is often all we see before […]

What I’ll be covering at NAB 2018

The National Association of Broadcasters show kicks off this weekend in Las Vegas.  The show focuses on new and emerging technologies and trends in relation to the media and entertainment industries. As it’s not open to the public, I’ll be at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday to share some of […]