Energy-Saving Tips for Your Home this Summer

There are steps you can take to reduce energy usage and save money during hot summer weather.

CFU offers cost-sharing rebates to help customers install energy-efficient equipment and make insulation and other thermal envelope improvements. 

Insulation is just as important in the summer as it is in the winter. Attic insulation is especially important to help trap heat in your attic instead of spreading throughout your home.

Changes in your behavior can also make a difference.

Use a programmable thermostat to turn the temperature up when you are away from home or asleep. CFU offers a 100% cost-sharing rebate up to $150 for smart WiFi-enabled thermostats that can do this automatically.

Close blinds and drapes during the day to block out the sun and reduce heat gain. For natural light open window coverings that do not get direct sunlight.

Similarly use heat-generating appliances like ovens dishwashers and clothes dryers early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures outside are cooler.

It is a also a good idea in any season to unplug unused electrical devices. Some TVs computers and other appliances may be quietly draining energy all day even when they are turned off or are in standby power. According to the Department of Energy this could account for 5 to 10 percent of home energy use and could cost as much as $100 per year.

For more information about energy-saving rebate programs or other tips contact Energy Services at 319-266-1761 or  

Smart Summer Thermostat Settings

According to the Department of Energy you can save as much as 5% a year on heating or cooling by simply adjusting your thermostat five degrees from its normal setting for eight hours a day.