Tips offered to help conserve electricity during summer

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As the heat of summer approaches -- or so the calendar would have us believe -- Pacific Power offers consumers a few tips to help save electricity and cash:

Set the thermostat as high as comfortable: 78 degrees when you're at home, and 87 degrees when you're away.

Tune up the air conditioner and clean or replace filters monthly.

Run major appliances at night, air-dry dishes and use the microwave, toaster oven or barbecue instead of the oven.

Set the water heater at 120 degrees.

Keep blinds and windows closed during the day and open at night.

Use window, ceiling and house fans.

Wash clothes in cold water and clean dryer-lint filters after every use.

Eliminate extra freezers or refrigerators, especially if placed outdoors or in the garage. You can recycle them for cash through proper pick-up programs.

Use power strips for home electronics, allowing you to turn off everything at once.

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