How to Save Energy During the Summer
Is your home prepared for the hottest days of summer? Staying comfortable and not breaking the bank with your energy bill can be difficult during the summer. However, you don’t have to sweat it out in order to save money, and can keep yourself cool by taking steps to make your air conditioning more efficient.
7 Ways to Save Energy During the Summer:
- Avoid using appliances during the day. Utility companies often raise gas and electricity rates during the hottest time of the day, so avoid using your washer, dryer, or dishwasher during these times. The humidity from these appliances can also make your home uncomfortable. Dry laundry outside if possible and wash your clothes in cold water.
- Energy Star Symbol. According to the Energystar.gov, washers built before 2003 are significantly less efficient than new models. When shopping for new appliances, look for the energy star symbol on washers, dryers, and refrigerators.
- Grill. Your oven and stove top produce a lot of heat when in use. Using your grill instead helps your air conditioning not have to work as hard.
- Use ceiling fans. Ceiling fans help cool people by creating a wind-chill effect. Ceiling fans do not cool the actual room, just the people in it, so remember to turn them off when you leave!
- Keep blinds and curtains closed during the day. This will help keep out the heat from the sun.
- Program the thermostat. Turn it up during the day when you are not at home and then turn it down at night.
- Replace your light bulbs. LED light bulbs cost more upfront, but use less energy and give off less heat.