With the hot weather months approaching, Ameren offers some helpful safety and savings tips.
- During extremely hot weather, check on friends, neighbors and relatives who may be especially vulnerable to high temperatures, such as those who are older, have medical issues or do not have air conditioning.
- If you do not have an air conditioner, consider going to an air conditioned place during the hottest times of the day. Options may include the home of a friend or neighbor, a shopping mall or a public building. Some communities have temporary cooling centers.
- In addition to staying as cool as possible, it is important to drink plenty of water or other liquids that do not contain caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar. Never wait until you are thirsty to hydrate.
- Use low-operating-cost ceiling fans or other types of circulating fans. Circulating air feels cooler. By using circulating fans, you may find the room at a comfortable temperature when the air conditioner thermostat is set between 76 and 78 degrees.
- Regularly change or clean (depending on type) air conditioner filters. This is especially important if you have pets or live in an area that has a lot of dust.
- Keep shades, curtains and blinds closed during the day to reduce the effects of solar heating.
- Replace incandescent bulbs with ENERGY STAR® qualified compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). Incandescent bulbs produce significant amounts of heat which will cause your air conditioner to work harder and use more electricity.