As summer temperatures begin to creep into the forecast, the days of sweltering heat have most of us flipping on our air and turning down the temperature in our homes.
Of course, cranking up the air usually equates to a financially larger power bill as well. Most people’s initial thoughts on lowering their power bill include forcing themselves to live in a hotter environment. While it may be one possible solution, there’s no need to sacrifice your comfort in your own home all in the name of saving money.
Thankfully, there are ways to reduce your use and cut down on your energy bills that won’t make your home an uncomfortable place to live. Try using these tips to save on your summer utility bills.
Be Wary of Energy Sucking Appliances
Like most of us, you probably assume that when an appliance is turned off it’s not using any energy. Unfortunately, that’s not necessarily the case. Many appliances and electronics, like those with a light or clock even when not in use, can suck up energy simply by being constantly plugged in.
Moreover, chargers, as in for your phone, computers, etc., also have a tendency to use energy even if they’re not charging anything. That being said, you have a couple of options for fixing this problem. You can, of course, be sure to unplug all electronics when they’re not in use. It’s effective, but a bit of a pain. Or you can invest in surge protectors or connect appliances to outlets that route to wall switches. Hence, when the switch is off, so is your appliance.
Program Your Thermostat
If your home doesn’t already have a programmable thermostat, I’d highly suggest investing in one. Not only is extremely convenient, but will save you valuable dollars in the long-run as well. In fact, actually programming your thermostat can save you as much as ten percent a year.
Program your thermostat to adjust to times of the day or week when you might not be home for prolonged periods of time. Schedule it to increase in temperature during those moments and only have the air lower to a comfortable temperature when you’ll actually be home.
Strategically Use Your Water-Running Appliances
Whether it’s your dishwasher or washing machine, there are ways to save energy and money when running both appliances. Both machines use an excessive amount of hot water, which means if they’re constantly being used will end up costing you.
Try to use your washer only when you have a full load and if you can, wash items in cold water. Furthermore, consider using a clothesline or drying racks for many of your items to decrease the energy you use when putting them in the dryer.
When it comes to your dishwasher, again, only starting it when you have a full load can help you save money in the end. You may also want to consider skipping the dry cycle and opt to dry dishes by hand instead.
Open Windows at Prime Times
Although you’ll have to use your air conditioner at some point, one simple way to decrease its use is to simply open the windows. While this may not be beneficial in the heat of the day, mornings and evenings are often significantly cooler. Opt to turn the air down during those moments and enjoy some outside air instead. Not only will you save on your energy bill, but you’ll also have the privilege of enjoying the fresh outdoors.
Turn on Your Fans
Another great move for decreasing the energy your air conditioner puts out is by utilizing your fans. If you don’t have fans in many of the rooms in your home, I’d suggest investing in those as well. Fans help circulate the air to provide a cooler environment, so even if the temperature isn’t all that cool, you’ll still fill a significant difference in heat.
Light Your Home Efficiently
This is one tip that tends to be beneficial year-round, as your lights greatly affect your energy bill. One step to take towards lighting your home more effectively is to invest in energy-efficient products.
Thanks to ever-advancing technology, the number of energy-efficient products available has increased substantially. There’s an array of energy-efficient light bulbs on the market that can help lower the amount of energy you use even when a light is turned on. Moreover, thanks to the demand for these products, the price and quality of said bulbs has thankfully improved.
Of course, the other obvious option to saving on your lighting is merely ensuring that your lights are turned off when not in use or when you leave the room.Saving on your utility bills for the summer doesn’t have to be difficult or make your home a hot bed. Click To Tweet
Be Wary of Hot Spaces
Depending on your home, you may have certain areas that tend to use up more energy than others. Often times places like an attic or second-story guest room might get hotter due to the fact that heat rises. Or in the attics case, lack of proper insulation.
If that’s the case in your home, you might want to consider installing fans in those rooms and running them to keep your air conditioner from working extra hard. Furthermore, you might also consider shutting off the doors and vents to those rooms when not in use. This will keep your air conditioner from using extra energy in those spaces as well.
Avoid Your Oven and Stove
This might seem like an odd suggestion, since you have to eat after all, but it’s one I’d highly consider if you’re really trying to save. Instead of cooking in your oven or stove, opt for other, energy-saving methods. Use your grill most of the time or choose to make more cold dishes and salads. Since it’s summer you might not miss warm food as much.
Saving on your utility bills for the summer doesn’t have to be difficult or make your home a hot bed. Try utilizing a few, easy tips to save on your summer utility bills and keep your home comfortable.
Have you tried some of these energy-saving tips already? If so, did you see a drop in your summer utility bills?