Beat the Heat
San Diego has been experiencing an unusually hot few days. For our readers not in perfect sunny San Diego, believe us- it’s been sweaty. Today, we’ve got some tips for you on how to stay cool, San Diego.
- Make a meal without using any appliances. Sandwich or salad that all you’ll need to do is open your fridge twice- once to grab the ingredients, and once to clean them up! Brainstorm before you open that door on what you’ll need to prevent multiple opening offenses.
- Remember to carry your own water bottle to stay hydrated
- Open the blinds and utilize sunshine during the day instead of turning on lights
- Skip the hair dryer on the hot days- the surf look is classic, you won’t break a sweat after showering, and you’ll save energy
- Fans, fans, fans! Use of fans can save up to 90% of energy compared to AC.
- Electronic devices- unplug when not in use or fully charged. All of them- from cellphones to tablets, razors to electric toothbrushes, TV to DVD. Give em a rest.
- You may break more of a sweat on your bike ride or walk, consider bringing an extra shirt in your bag and a bandanna to wipe that brow.
SDG&E is offering incentives to reduce the strain on the power grid. You can set up your Reduce Your Use alerts here. Other ways to Reduce Your Use from SDG&E:
- Run major appliances like ovens, dishwashers, washers, and dryers before 11am or after 6pm.
- Plan activities outside your home and before leaving, unplug devices that aren’t in use.
- Raise your central A/C’s thermostat setting 4 to 6 degrees from where you usually have it set.
- Set your room A/C on low or use a fan instead.
- Turn off large electronics like big screen televisions and home entertainment systems
- Unplug chargers and power strips instead of leaving electronics in sleep or stand-by mode
- Turn down electric water heater temperature– a 40 gallon water heater typically stores enough hot water for several showers
- Turn off pool pump between 11am and 6pm
- Ideal fridge temperatures = 40 degrees F, freezer = 5 degrees F
STAY COOL, SAN DIEGO!