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Paw-fect Ways to Save Energy at Home with Pets

When you’re away from home, do you leave lights and ceiling fans turned on for a beloved dog or cat? If so, you could be potentially using more energy necessary to keep your pets comfy.

Keeping your dog or cat comfortable and entertained when you’re not home doesn't have to increase the amount you pay on your energy bill. To save energy, consider these tips for keeping indoor dogs and cats comfortable:

  • Turn off the TV. Leaving a TV on to comfort or entertain pets when you’re not home could mean you’ll pay a higher energy bill. Instead, consider leaving favorite toys for your pet when you’re away.
  • Install an energy efficient pet door. Compared to standard pet doors, energy efficient pet doors are generally air tight and provide additional insulation, which can help you save energy, and in turn, lower your monthly electric bill. As your dog or cat enters or leaves your house through an energy efficient pet door, it will help reduce the amount of hot or cold air moving between indoors and outdoors.
  • Use a programmable thermostat. To get the most energy savings in your home follow a general rule: Set your thermostat to 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter. Dogs and cats will remain comfy, and you’ll save energy.
  • Turn off lights. When you’re not home, it’s OK for pets to rely on natural light coming from windows. Dogs and cats have eyes that can see better in the dark than humans.
  • Turn off ceiling fans. Ceiling fans can help you feel cooler because they help facilitate the evaporation of sweat, which cools you down. Unlike humans, dogs and cats don’t sweat. So,a ceiling fan doesn’t have the same cooling effect on dogs and cats, as they do with humans. Consider turning off ceiling fans when you’re not home.

For more energy-saving tips, visit jacksonemc.com/waystosave.