• On hot and humid days, set  thermostat at 78 degrees when you are home and 85 degrees or off when you are away for long periods of time.
  • If you have window air conditioning units, close off rooms not in use.
  • Make sure all air conditioner filters are clean and in good shape; and replace filters monthly or as needed.
  • Turn off non-essential appliances and as many lights as possible.
  • Postpone using appliances that produce heat such as clothes dryers, dishwashers and stoves until after 7 p.m. These appliances also use significant amounts of electricity adding to the demand on an electric infrastructure that is already stressed during peak hours due to heat.
  • Keep drapes closed and shades drawn. The amount of energy required to cool your home will be considerably less.
  • Use ceiling fans to circulate the air.
  • Check air and return vents on a regular basis to keep circulation air paths clear.
  • Relax in rooms that do not receive direct sunlight..

Consumers can also view the Summer Heat Wave fact sheet on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC)  website,