Ready to Beat the Heat Without Breaking the Bank?
With summer on the way, PSEG Long Island offers three easy ways to save on cooling costs
(Uniondale, NY – May 23, 2019) — Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer and all the things that come with it — including high temperatures and increased air conditioner use. PSEG Long Island reminds customers to save energy and money this summer by taking advantage of three programs offered by the utility.
- Install a programmable thermostat, which helps save energy. Visit http://www.psegliny.com/efficiency to find out more.
- After the smart thermostat is installed, customers with central air conditioning can enroll in the PSEG Long Island Smart Savers Thermostat Program. This allows PSEG Long Island to make minor, short-term adjustments to the temperature in customers’ homes, which reduces power use during periods of high demand. In addition to the energy savings, Smart Savers customers will receive $85 for enrolling. To learn more, visit https://www.psegliny.com/smartsavers.
- Customers can get rebates to replace old air conditioners with a more energy-efficient central air system or a new air source heat pump. Visit https://www.psegliny.com/homecomfort to learn more.
PSEG Long Island encourages customers to take the necessary steps to ensure existing air conditioning units are ready to provide the maximum amount of comfort for the energy consumed:
- Replace or clean air filters. Dirty filters make the air conditioner work harder – restricting airflow, causing dust to recirculate in the air and causing the unit to be less efficient.
- For outside units, clear the unit of debris such as grass, sticks and leaves. Disconnect power to the air conditioner and use a garden hose to spray down the outside of the unit. Do not start the air conditioner until it is completely dry.
- If the air conditioner fins, found under the protective grill, need cleaning, use a soft brush such as a toothbrush or paintbrush. Run the brush across each fin gently, being careful not to bend the thin metal.
- Check the large coolant line, also known as suction, return or vapor line, that may run from unit to house. If the foam insulation becomes frayed or missing, replace it by installing foam-insulation sleeves or foam-insulation tape.
- Clean the condensation line, which on an outside unit runs from unit to ground. If it is clogged, it could cause water from condensation to back up into the unit or house. If the pipe is not draining properly, use algaecide (sold in pool supply stores) to clean the pipe.
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PSEG Long Island
PSEG Long Island operates the Long Island Power Authority’s transmission and distribution system under a long-term contract. PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG), a publicly traded diversified energy company.