Beat the Heat with these Summer Energy-efficiency Tips


With summer on the horizon, AOG is helping customers stay cool and save energy with quick and easy tips to prepare for summer’s heat.

“At AOG, we’re committed to building a sustainable energy future in our local communities. To help us reach that future, we continually look for ways to promote sustainable and efficient energy use,” said Clark Medlock, Director of Energy Efficiency Programs. “By reducing the energy usage of our customers, we help them keep more money in their pockets, while reducing their carbon footprint.”

Quick and easy energy efficiency tips to stay cool this summer.

High temperatures can lead to higher energy usage as people try to stay cool. Below are some tips to help manage your energy use.

• Sign up for our Weatherization Program. Weatherizing your home can save an average of 35% in energy usage and costs.

  • Change air filters regularly. A dirty air filter prevents airflow and makes an HVAC system work harder, which can damage essential components.
  • Set your thermostat at the highest comfortable setting. The smaller the difference between the inside and outside temperatures, the lower your energy usage will be. You can also receive rebates for installing a smart thermostat.
  • Close your blinds or curtains during the hottest part of the day. Keeping your blinds and curtains closed will help prevent the sunlight from heating your house.
  • Grill outdoors. Using your oven and stovetop creates a lot of indoor heat. Help save energy by firing up the grill outdoors.
  • Use a ceiling fan! Make sure your ceiling fans are set to operate in a counterclockwise direction to push cool air down into living spaces.

• Turn off unnecessary lights. Be sure to turn off lights when you leave a room. Lights emit heat and cause your air conditioning system to work harder.

To learn more about energy-saving programs and tips to help you manage higher energy usage, visit