SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Hot and humid conditions have been part of the forecast in June 2022.

If you’re planning on heading outside while it is so warm out, the National Weather Service has ideas on how you can stay safe.

Here are some of their tips:

  • Reduce strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day.
  • Drink plenty of water and make sure it’s not very cold.
  • Dress light and in light colored clothing.
  • Minimize direct exposure to the sun.
  • Eat light, cool, easy to digest foods.

You can view more of the suggestions from National Weather Service by clicking here.

The National Weather Service also has tips when it comes to identifying different heat-related illnesses. Click here to view that info.

When the temperatures rise, so does energy demand. Xcel Energy encourages customers to consider ways to save energy and keep their bills low.

Some suggestions include:

  • Use your blinds or curtains to regulate the temperature in your home – Close them on hot days to keep the heat out.
  • Make sure exterior doors are fully closed – Exterior doors that are left cracked open or not latched can lead to a loss of cooling in the home.
  • Use ceiling fans to your advantage – Ceiling fans use less energy than air conditioning and can help cool a room during warmer days and should run counter-clockwise in the summer to circulate cooler air.
  • Use a whole-house or attic fan – The fan will draw in cool nighttime air and push out hot air during the day.
  • Have air conditioner coils cleaned – Cleaned and maintained air conditioners improve efficiency and help save energy.
  • Upgrade your thermostat – A programable thermostat will let you set the temperature in your home to use less energy when you’re away. A smart thermostat will allow you to control the temperature when you’re away.   

Customers can also turn off unnecessary lights, run appliances after the heat of the day, change out air conditioner filters and open interior doors to improve air circulation inside.