Posted: 9:16 p.m. MST
Its that time of year again, and our outside temperatures are really ramping up.
Outdoor activity should be limited during times when temperatures are at their highest—between 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m..
Tony Badilla, director of emergency management for Yuma County, says common sense is your greatest weapon against the heat.
"People need to be taking precautions and drinking plenty of wate” says Badilla. “Make sure to drink water, and during the hottest times of the day, people need to seek shelter.”
If you do not have air conditioning in your home, take advantage of public facilities like libraries, gyms, and local businesses to stay cool.
Pets, children, and the elderly are particularly susceptible to heat related injuries.
Make sure to stay hydrated, and try to stay in air-conditioned environments as much as possible.
Many people rely on air conditioning to escape the high temperatures. But it can definitely take a chunk out of your wallet.
Phil Smithers, manager of energy delivery, says there are ways to enjoy AC without breaking the bank.
"Turn off unecessary appliances,” says Smithers. “Try not to use your oven and stove, especially in this high heat.”
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, electronics add between five and 10 percent to your electricity bill even if they are off.
Consider completely disconnecting things such as your laptop, coffee maker, and lamps. The Department of Energy also recommends using reflective film or tint, and closing blinds and curtains on south and west-facing windows.
A long-tern tip is to plant trees or vines that provide shade over windows and entrances of the house.
AC is the fastest way to cool off. But consider raising the temperature on your thermostat a few degrees. Oscillating or ceiling fans can help make up for the temperature difference.
One common misconception is that shutting off you’re the air when you leave the house will save you money.
"We don't recommend turning it off,” warned Smithers. “Certainly turning it up two to four degrees is very helpful when you're away from home."
This will keep your air conditioner from having to do that extra work when you return.