Stay cool and keep your wallet full

Triple-digit summertime temperatures are a fact of life in parts of the Panhandle. Throughout the rest of the week, the Borger News-Herald will offer safety tips to keep cool during the summertime heat. Heat can be a killer if you’re not careful and play it cool. Here are things to remember when the temperatures start to soar.According to Wes Reeves of Xcel Energy, there are seven simple ideas to keep your house and yourself cool and save electricity at the same time:1.Turn off unnecessary lighting and install compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. CFLs use 75 percent less energy than traditional bulbs, they last longer, and can save up to $55 over the life of the bulb.2.Run washing machines, dishwashers and clothing dryers with full loads.3.Change air conditioning filters.4.Use ceiling fans to cool the home.5.Raise the thermostat setting from 72 to 78 degrees, providing a savings of up to $25 per month.6.Use a whole-house or attic fan to draw in cool nighttime air and push out hot air during the day.7.Plant trees for shade. Shading the home with trees can save up to 8 percent on cooling costs.Xcel Energy is a major U.S. electricity and natural gas company that provides a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity customers and 1.9 million natural gas customers through its regulated operating companies. For more information on conserving energy during the summer visit tomorrow’s edition of the Borger News Herald (June 29,2012) to learn about the stages of over heating and how to prevent it.