OREGON COUNTY -- Representatives with Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative have several energy saving tips as spring turns into summer and local residents start cranking-up their air conditioners.
"Based on national averages, the largest portion of a utility bill for a typical house is for heating and cooling," said Howell-Oregon spokesperson John Thompson.
He said 44 percent of an electric bill in the summer goes to cooling a home. Lighting, cooking and other appliances account for 33 percent, water heating 14 percent and refrigerators 9 percent.
Thompson had some tips on how to save money during the summer when air conditioner use is in full swing.
* Change your air filter monthly.
* Set your thermostat at 78 degrees in the summer and dress accordingly.
* Always remember to turn your thermostat up when you are not at home.
* Caulking around windows reduces air infiltration. In the summer 60 percent of heat gain comes through the attic of a home and 40 percent comes through the walls and windows.
* Opening the windows at the lowest and highest points in a home creates breezes.
* When planting trees for shade, locate them to shade the east and west windows and walls of a home. As trees mature, they will shade the roof of the home too.
* Whole house fans must be sealed and insulated.
Thompson said these are just a few of the ideas that can be used when cooling a home during the summer.
For more information call Thompson at 417-256-2131.