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5 energy savings tips for the extreme heat
Ameren offers ways to stay safe and cool when temperatures hit triple digits

ST. LOUIS (June 27, 2023) – With temperatures forecasted to reach triple digits this week, Ameren Missouri is advising customers about five free and easy energy-saving tips to help cut energy costs, while staying comfortable and safe.   

“We recommend our customers use air conditioners when it’s extremely hot,” said Tony Lozano, director of energy solutions at Ameren Missouri. “The few dollars it takes to run an air conditioner doesn’t compare to the value of protecting health and safety. We also want to make customers aware of energy savings tips they can follow to help them save money.

Lozano offered the following energy-saving tips and customer resources to save on energy costs.

Ameren Missouri’s Cool-Down Tips:

  1. Create a breeze – Did you know that when using a fan and air conditioner simultaneously, you can raise your thermostat setting by four degrees with no change in comfort? You can also rotate any ceiling fans counterclockwise to create a cool breeze. But remember to turn fans off when you leave the room – they cool people, not rooms, by creating a wind chill effect.
  2. Keep air vents clear – Periodically replace air filters for your air conditioners. Clean air vents regularly and make sure curtains or furniture do not block any vents or returns.
  3. Close window shades – Closed curtains and blinds help keep rooms cooler and prevent the loss of cool air. Studies demonstrate that medium-colored draperies with white-plastic backings can reduce heat gains by 33%.
  4. Utilize alternative cooking methods – Grilling outdoors, or using air fryers, slow cookers and toaster ovens, will reduce excess heat from being produced in the kitchen from larger appliances.
  5. Program your thermostat – Smart thermostats enable you to automatically run your air conditioner cooler when you are home and a bit warmer when you are out of the house. With proper use, programmable thermostats can save about $180 every year in energy costs.

Rebates and savings opportunities on energy-saving products are available for customers at AmerenMissouriSavings.com. For a limited time, customers can get a $0 Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat – a $129 value.

Customers struggling to pay their energy bill should contact Ameren Missouri or a local community action agency for assistance. Visit AmerenMissouri.com/EnergyAssistance for details on the variety of programs available to help customers offset energy costs this summer.

About Ameren Missouri
Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than 100 years, and the company's electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. Ameren Missouri's mission is to power the quality of life for its 1.2 million electric and 135,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. The company's service area covers 64 counties and more than 500 communities, including the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit Ameren.com/Missouri or follow us on Twitter at @AmerenMissouri or Facebook.com/AmerenMissouri.