Stay cool during the "dog days"


It’s the hottest time of the year, but you can take a few cues from Fido to stay cool during these dog days of summer and keep a tight leash on energy use!

Get more “bang for your bark."

Fido says a good way to take control of your energy use this summer is by downloading the cooperative's free mobile app or enrolling in FlexPay. Both services allow you to track your energy use on a daily basis. Knowing how your habits affect your bill allows you to make changes and save money.

Throw your air conditioner a bone.

When it’s hot outside, your air conditioner needs all the help it can get. Open interior doors and vents to help air circulate and reduce the strain on your HVAC system. You can also close exterior doors and windows, as well as any blinds, shades or curtains, to help keep the heat of the day out and cooled air in.

Put your energy use on “paws.”

Waiting to use major appliances, especially those that generate heat like the clothes dryer and dishwasher, until the late evening, overnight or early morning hours can help your home stay cooler.

Fetch a fan for easy savings.

Instead of turning down the thermostat, opt for a ceiling or portable fan. Make sure your ceiling fan turns counter clockwise during hot weather to push cool air down. Remember to turn fans off when you’re not using them; fans cool you, not the room.

You can always visit the “Energy Efficiency” section at to learn more energy-saving tips to help you save money this summer!