LOS ANGELES (CBS) —The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is reminding customers to conserve power Monday.

Tips to reduce power consumption:

– Adjust thermostat to 78 degrees or more to reduce energy usage.

– Limit the use of appliances during peak hours of the day–use washing machines, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners and other heavy appliances during evening hours.

– Try to avoid cooking during peak hours of the day since it will add to the heat inside the home.

– Ventilate your home at night and early morning by opening windows and doors to clear out the heat and allow cooler air to circulate.

– Turn off lights and equipment when they are not in use.

– Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) wherever appropriate.

– During the heat of day, close your draperies, shades, or blinds to reduce the extra heat from direct sunlight and check your home for adequate insulation.

– Plant shade trees, to reduce heat gain to the house.

– Install/use whole house fans for comfort cooling. The whole house fan will cool down your house early evenings and early mornings for a fraction of the energy cost of an A/C unit.

– Install a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature automatically and maximize your energy savings.

– Clean or replace your air-conditioner’s filter(s) every month to keep your air-conditioner running more efficiently.

– Regularly brush or vacuum the condenser coils at the bottom or rear of your refrigerator and check door gasket for tight fit and adjust if necessary.

– Buy energy-saving EnergyStar-labeled appliances.

– Limit the time you run your pool pump: Summer (six hours a day), Winter (four hours a day.)

Tips for the Workplace:

– Turn off your desk and overhead lights, and meeting room lights, if they are not needed, or install motion detectors switch for each room.

– Keep personal appliance use to minimum.

– Turn off all computer equipment when you leave the office or when they are not being used.

– Be sure your computer equipment goes into the sleep mode when not in use.

– Go paperless when possible. Reduced printing and copying translates into reduced energy use.

Other LADWP programs to help save money and energy include:

– Customers seeking to cool off by purchasing a room air conditioner, LADWP offers a $50 rebate on a qualifying EnergyStar-rated model. Customers considering installing central air conditioner can receive $100 on an energy efficient model.

– Consumer Rebate Program: In addition to air conditioning units described above, customers can receive rebates on other energy efficient devices, including pool pump and motor replacements ($300), dual pane windows ($1.00 per square foot), and EnergyStar refrigerators ($65.) On October 1, LADWP will raise many of the consumer rebate amounts- visit the program page for more details.

– Refrigerator Exchange: Qualifying low-income or Lifeline customers can receive a free energy efficient refrigerator in exchange for an old energy-wasting model.

– Refrigerator Recycle: LADWP customers who turn in and recycle their old, inefficient refrigerators can earn a $35 cash rebate in addition to the $65 rebate for the new unit.

– Shade Trees: Cool off your home and help reduce storm-water runoff by planting more trees. LADWP residential and business customers can receive up to seven free shade trees.

For more information, visit ladwp.com.


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