If you do not have air conditioning at home, the Borough of Madison offers cooling stations for residents in need at the Madison Public Library (39 Keep Street), the Civic Center (28 Walnut Street) and the Hartley Dodge Memorial building (50 Kings Road).
The first hot temperatures of the year are expected in the next few days, here are some common-sense hot weather tips residents can follow to stay comfortable while using electricity wisely during this period of high demand:
Set thermostats as high as comfort will allow. Every degree a customer can increase the temperature in their home will result in using about 3 percent less energy during the hottest summer days.
During sunny weather, close drapes or blinds on windows facing the sun to prevent direct radiant heating from impacting interior temperatures.
Use fans – moving air cools skin faster, resulting in greater comfort on hot days.
Use a programmable thermostat to keep temperatures higher when no one is home, and to reduce the temperature before arrival back home.
Only operate window air conditioners when someone is in the room.
Keep refrigerators and freezers as full as possible. Frozen or cold items in the refrigerator help keep other items cool, reducing the amount of work the refrigerator has to do to maintain a lower temperature.
Close rooms that aren't used regularly during the summer, and close the air conditioning vents in those rooms, as well.
Avoid using heat-producing appliances during the hottest hours of the day. The less heat produced in the home, the less work the air conditioner will have to do.
Consider investing in ENERGY STAR® appliances or heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. N.J. may offer rebates on these purchases and tax deductions may apply, as well.
Check air conditioner and furnace fan filters. Clogged filters waste energy and money by forcing HVAC systems to work harder than necessary.