CUB offers cooling tips that cut energy costs

On these hot summer days in Evanston, with the mercury pushing towards 100 degrees, it may be tempting to run the air conditioner at full blast all day long. But the Citizens Utility Board is telling residents there are ways to cope with the heat that will help both the environment and your pocketbook.

Some are obvious, but others fall into the category of “why didn’t I think of that?”

For example, switching your incandescent light bulbs, which emit 90 percent of their energy as heat, to compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs will not only save electrical energy, but will keep you cooler at the same time.

Another suggestion:  In the cooler hours of the evening, turn off the AC, open the windows, and run a window fan so that it blows the air outside, thereby pulling the cooler air in from the outside and pushing the hot air out.

If you’re cooking on your kitchen range, use the exhaust fan to suck the hot air from your kitchen. CUB says the savings in your cooling costs will “far outweigh” the electricity costs from the fan. Better still, do your cooking on the outside barbecue grill.

Harried moms and dads should encourage the kids to turn off the video games and go outside to play. The latest gaming systems, CUB contends, use more energy than most other electronic devices in the house. Just remember to power down the gaming system.

These and many more tips are listed on the CUB website.


Charles Bartling

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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