PSEG Offers 10 Tips To Beat The Heat And Save On Bills

Published on Jul 14, 2017 at 03:45p.m.

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(NEWARK, N.J. – July 11, 2017) With the high temperatures in the forecast, Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G), New Jersey’s largest utility, reminds customers that hot and sticky weather can also lead to more usage and higher electric bills. Customers can save energy and money this summer by following 10 simple tips.

  1. Don’t cool an empty house. Set your thermostat higher when you are away.
  2. Seal holes and cracks around doors and windows with caulk or weather-stripping.
  3. Replace air filters monthly. Dirty filters make your air conditioner work harder.
  4. Use a microwave or crockpot instead of the oven. Or even better yet, grill outdoors.
  5. Operate appliances in the morning or evening when it is cooler outside. 
  6. When washing dishes or clothes, run full loads.
  7. Wash laundry in cold water.
  8. Close blinds and draperies facing the sun to keep out the sun’s heat.
  9. Don’t cool unused rooms. Close the vents and shut the door.
  10. Ceiling fans cool fast and cost less than air conditioning. (In hot weather, set your ceiling fan to spin quickly, counterclockwise to push air downward towards the floor.)

PSE&G expects to have no problem delivering the additional power required during the hot weather, but utility crews will be ready to respond to service interruptions should they occur. To report power outages, call PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG.  Also, customers can report outages by logging into their PSE&G account online or by texting “OUT” to 4PSEG (47734). The utility’s mobile-friendly website includes an “Outage Map” that is updated every 15 minutes and displays the location and status of power outages in PSE&G’s service area.

For more ways to save on summer energy bills, visit www.pseg.com/summertips.

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