Summer is here. If you thought today’s 97 degree temperature was hot, just wait! Your air conditioner will not stop for the next few months! Trust me! There is always a large spike in my electricity bill from June – September. Always.
Though I have really good energy prices per kwh with my energy company, it’s still good to monitor your electricity use where possible. Check out these 5 energy saving tips:
1. Unplug Unused Electronic Devices
– Electronic devices still consume power when plugged in, whether or not they are in use or even turned on. If there is a computer that rarely gets used or a toaster that is used every other week, consider unplugging it and plugging it in when needed.
2. Adjust your Air Conditioner’s Thermostat
– Find a comfortable temperature and stick to it. In our house, the thermostat stays on 78 degrees, going down to 77 when it’s really hot outside. Use fans to help cool hot areas. *It’s also a good idea to change your A/C filter on a regular basis!
3. Close the Blinds!
– Sun = HEAT. Keep the sun out when you close the room’s window blinds. Adding a shade or curtain can help cool a room, too!
4. Wash Clothes and Dishes at Night!
– Both the dishwasher and dryer use heat to dry their contents inside. Turn these devices on at night, when the temperatures are somewhat cooler. *Don’t forget to remove lint from your dryer’s trap!
5. Grill It!
– Instead of turning on the oven, consider going outside to grill dinner. Ovens put off a lot of heat (obviously) and that means more use of the A/C to cool off what heat you are bringing into the kitchen!