Energy Tips to Prevent Summer Blackouts

Summer is here and with it comes sweltering heat! It may be customary to seek relief by turning the air conditioner on for several hours throughout the day, but this practice could lead to a blackout in your city. There are energy assistance benefits available to take advantage of, as well as many ways to cool down - while doing your part to prevent a summer blackout.

If you believe using your air conditioning or other appliances to cool your home may present a financial burden, look into benefits from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) to see if you are eligible. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists eligible low-income households with their heating and cooling energy costs, bill payment assistance, energy crisis assistance, weatherization and energy-related home repairs.

An additional benefit that provides energy assistance is the Weather Assistance Program for Low-Income Persons through The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) enables low-income families to reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. Funds are used to improve the energy performance of dwellings families in need, using the most advanced technologies and testing procedures available in the housing industry. The DOE provides funding to states, U.S. overseas territories, and Indian tribal governments, which manage the administration of the program.

Lastly, try using some conservation tips from to conserve energy and help prevent a summer blackout:

  1. Set your thermostat at 78°F, a reasonably comfortable and energy-efficient indoor temperature.
  2. Adjust your blinds and close your windows. Lower the blinds in the summer to keep cool air inside and close the windows and doors when that air conditioner is on.
  3. Maintain home heating and cooling equipment. Regularly check the air filter of your air conditioner – a clean air filter improves system efficiency, which should lead to energy savings.
  4. Unplug unused electrical devices when you leave a room. Chargers use energy when left plugged in after your device is fully charged.
  5. Weatherize your home. Apply weather stripping or caulking around doors and windows to help keep cool air from your system inside your home.

By exploring energy assistance resources available on and utilizing tips to conserve energy, we are confident that you will be able to beat the heat and do your part to prevent a summer blackout.

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