FORT WAYNE, Ind. – With this weekend shaping up to be one of the hottest of the year, Indiana Michigan Power, an operating unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), reminds customers of ways to save energy while beating the heat.
Fans. Use ceiling fans and portable fans to circulate air and help reduce the amount of air conditioning you use. Use your kitchen exhaust fan while cooking.
Air Conditioners. Be sure to regularly install new air filters; dirty filters cause your equipment to work harder and use more energy. Set your air conditioner’s thermostat for the highest comfortable temperature, and remember to adjust it to a higher temperature for times you are away from home. Keep doors and windows closed.
Windows. Keep direct sunlight out during the day – close curtains and blinds.
Housework. Do heavy chores such as laundry, washing dishes and baking during the cooler part of the day.
Switch off, unplug. Disconnect appliances such as phone chargers, which use electricity even when the appliance is not recharging. Turn off unused computers. Turn off unused lights.
Weatherstrip. Seal air leaks around doors and windows.
Think long term. You may not get to it this weekend, but consider taking some more involved steps to improve energy efficiency in your home or business, including purchasing a programmable thermostat; installing sufficient insulation; planting shrubberies against outside walls; and making sure your attic is properly ventilated to prevent heat build-up.
Eligible I&M customers with electric heat can call 855-231-5274 to schedule a home energy checkup. An I&M energy expert will measure your insulation, look for energy leaks and recommend improvements. If you schedule a checkup before the end of August and make the recommended improvements with a qualified contractor within 30 days of your checkup, I&M pays up to 75 percent of the cost, up to $3,000.
I&M offers a number of energy-efficiency programs and additional tips to save energy at www.ElectricIdeas.com
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Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, and its 2,450 employees serve more than 589,000 customers. It operates 2,600 MW of coal-fired generation in Indiana, 2,160 MW of nuclear generation in Michigan and 22 MW of hydro generation in both states. The company’s generation portfolio also includes 450 MW of purchased wind generation and, by the end of 2016, approximately 15 MW of large-scale solar generation.
American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. AEP owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP also operates 223,000 miles of distribution lines. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 31,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP’s utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.