• Tue. Feb 27th, 2024

10 Tips to Save Money and Stay Cool in Hot Weather

10 Tips to Save Money and Stay Cool in Hot Weather

Temperatures are expected to approach 100 degrees in many parts of the viewing area this week, and with it comes the non-stop running of fans and air conditioners, leading to higher electric bills.

5 Eyewitness News issued a forecast first alert for Wednesday and Thursday as temperatures neared 100 degrees in many parts of the viewing area. Click here For the latest forecast.

Before very high temperatures hit mid-week, Xcel Energy says there are several ways to help lower your bill. Check out the 10 tips listed below for residents. Information on cooling rebates for homes can be found here Here And for businesses Here.

  • Turn off lights and electronics when not in use.
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with LED lights.
  • Run washing machines, clothes dryers, and dishwashers with full loads after the heat of the day.
  • Close drapes and blinds during the hottest part of the day.
  • Change air conditioning filters and clean coils.
  • Use a whole-house or attic fan to bring in nighttime air and blow out warm air during the day.
  • Run ceiling fans counterclockwise.
  • Open interior doors to improve circulation.
  • Install a programmable thermostat to raise the temperature when a home is empty and lower it when you’re home.
  • Plant trees or shrubs in a position so that they shade your air conditioning unit.

The Salvation Army announced Monday morning that its service centers will be open to provide relief to those in need this week, with extremely high temperatures and heat indices predicted this week.

The following centers are open during normal business hours Monday through Friday:

  • Salvation Army Temple – 1604 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis;
  • Salvation Army Parkview – 2024 Lindale Avenue North, Minneapolis;
  • Salvation Army Central – 2727 Central Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis;
  • Salvation Army Noble – 10011 Noble Parkway, Brooklyn Park;
  • Salvation Army Eastside – 1019 Payne Ave., St. Paul;
  • Salvation Army Citadel – 401 West Seventh Street, St. Paul;
  • Salvation Army Lakewood – 2080 Woodlin Ave., St. Paul.

Click here To find the Salvation Army closest to your location.

The Animal Humane Society has provided six tips to help keep your pets safe during the summer heat:

  • Limit exercise to morning or evening, and extra care should be given to pets with small noses, overweight or old ones.
  • Check the pavement before walking – if you can’t walk in bare feet, it’s too hot for a dog to walk. If a dog starts lifting its paws, limping, or skipping, go home.
  • Take good care of the animals as their fur traps heat. Do not shave your hair, as the coat helps prevent sunburn.
  • Do not leave pets unattended in the car.
  • Monitor them for signs of heat stroke, such as excessive panting or drooling, rapid pulse, anxious or staring expressions, or elevated body temperature. If you see these happening, run cold water on their feet and contact your vet. Do not apply cold water all over their body.
  • Leave pets inside with the air conditioning on, and if you’re outdoors, make sure there’s shade and fresh water in a bowl.

Canterbury Park officials say race times on Wednesday and Thursday have been moved from 5pm to 7pm due to the expected warm weather. Officials there add that the two turf races will be moved to the main track because of the lights required for racing after sunset.

In addition, Wednesday’s race No. 7 will now be run over five furlongs on the main track, while Thursday’s race No. 6 will be over one mile on the main track.

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