There are easy ways to save on utility bills during the spring and summer that are free or won’t cost much. This article covers great tips from Energy.gov that will cut your energy expenses during the warmer months when electrical usage jumps for cooling homes. Talk to an experienced licensed electrician about an energy audit for the best results.
For those living in climates where it cools overnight, open your windows before going to sleep to let the cool air inside, then close them when you wake up to trap it inside.
Look into window treatments and coverings to keep out radiant heat.
Efficiently Operate Thermostat
Set the thermostat at the highest temperature that’s comfortable. Use a programmable thermostat to automatically raise the temperature when you’re away and lower it when you come home.
Use Fans and Ventilation
A ceiling fan, used in conjunction with air conditioning, allows for increasing the thermostat setting by 4°F while still remaining comfortable. However, turn off the ceiling fan when you leave the room because fans only cool people, they do not lower the air temperature. Use venting fans in the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room to remove heat.
Maintain Cooling Equipment
Regularly maintain your home’s air conditioner, evaporative cooler, and heat pump.
Don’t place electronic devices or lighting that produce heat near thermostats, which may affect their sensors.
Avoid Generating Heat Indoors
Avoid using the oven and stove during hot days because they generate heat. Consider microwaving or barbecuing outside instead. Replace incandescent light bulbs with LEDs, which run much cooler and consume less electricity. Use indirect natural light whenever possible. When running the dishwasher or washing machine, always run full loads. Take short showers, instead of baths. Minimize using appliances and electronic devices.
Insulate your home to prevent warm air from entering. Caulk and weatherstripping will seal the air leaks around windows and doors.
Decrease Water Heating Costs
18% of home energy consumption is attributable to water heating. Lower the water heater temperature setting to 120°F, which will lower bills and promote safety.
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