July 25, 2017
(HealthDay News) -- When the power goes out, it may mean
throwing away lots of food, not to mention the inconvenience of no
lights and no TV. You can help prevent a blackout by saving
To help conserve power, the American Red Cross advises:
- Unplug home appliances that draw electricity even when not in
use. Common culprits include TVs, computers, phone chargers and
- Turn your air conditioner's thermostat up to 78 degrees and
turn off window units when you're not in the room. In winter, turn
your thermostat down to 68.
- Conserve by running only full laundry loads, using cold water.
Clean your dryer's lint trap frequently.
- Use a microwave instead of an electric stove.
- Run the dishwasher only when full. Use the economy cycle, and
let the dishes air dry.
- Use LED, CFL or halogen light bulbs instead of incandescents.
Always turn off lights when you leave a room.