Simple steps can help lower energy bill, help residents keep cool in extreme heat
DENVER, Colorado (June 28, 2018) – As the warmest days of the year draw near, Xcel Energy has tips
to help make some costs on your electric bill disappear. By completing the following tips you can help keep you and your home cool, conserve energy, and keep your electric bill low.
 A programmable thermostat saves up to 10 percent on your energy bill if it is set to match your
daily routine, such as setting it at 85 degrees when you’re out of the house for the day;
 Supplement air-conditioning with ceiling and floor fans, which create a wind-chill effect; it increases air-conditioning cooling efficiency and has a minimal cost to run;
 Use such appliances as washers, dryers and dishwashers after 10:30 p.m. Run full loads to decrease the amount of time appliances are in use;
 Use a microwave oven instead of a conventional electric oven or natural gas stove;
 Keep your shades pulled, and doors and windows closed during the day and plant shade trees near your home and air conditioning unit. You may be able to see visible savings on your electric bill; and
 Cool yourself first by drinking iced beverages often and apply cold damp cloths to central blood flow areas such as your neck and wrists; this lowers your blood temperature which will eventually transfer to lowering your body temperature.
Also, during periods of hot, dry weather check on elderly or ill friends, neighbors and family members who live alone to make sure they’re OK. For more energy-saving tips, visit Xcel Energy’s Web site at: www.xcelenergy.com. For a free copy of Xcel Energy’s “Using Electricity at Home: Energy Saving Tips and Safety,” please call Xcel Energy’s 24-hour customer service line at 1-800-895-4999