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Posted on: August 17, 2018

The Heat is On - - Tips for Staying Cool and Conserving Energy

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The Westchester County Health Dept has issued a heat advisory through Wednesday and advises that residents take these precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses: 

• If you exercise or work outdoors during extreme heat, drink lots of water and take frequent breaks. 
• Limit strenuous from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
• Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. 
• Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, and use a broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. 
• Avoid caffeine, alcohol and sugary drinks, which cause you to lose more body fluid. 
• Take a cool shower or bath. 
• NEVER leave people or pets in a closed, parked vehicle. 
• Check on elderly or ill neighbors to make sure they are safe. 
• Bring pets inside and be sure to provide them with plenty of water. 
• Stay indoors, ideally in an air-conditioned place. 
• If your house or apartment isn't air-conditioned, spend a few hours in an air-conditioned shopping mall, public library, movie theater or supermarket.

Con Edison has offered these tips to assist customers in conserving energy:

  • Set your air conditioning to the highest comfortable temperature. Every degree you lower the thermostat drives up your bill by 6 percent.
  • When the AC is running, close doors to keep cool air in and hot air out.
  • Even when using AC, use ceiling and other fans for better circulation.
  • Keep shades, blinds and curtains closed. About 40 percent of unwanted heat comes through windows.
  • Turn off ACs, lights and other appliances when not at home and use a timer or smart technology to turn on your AC about a half-hour before arriving home.
  • Keep AC filters clean.
  • If you run a business, keep your door closed while the AC is running. Don’t burn through your profits to cool the street.
  • Run appliances such as ovens, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers in the early morning or late at night when it’s cooler outside.


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