Summer Savings Tips
Sweltering summer temperatures may have you running to crank up your air conditioner, which can cause your electric bill to skyrocket. To offset the increased cooling expenses during the warmer months, here are some energy saving tips sure to help you balance your bank account.
• Use your windows to gain cool air and keep heat out.
• Since we live in a climate where it typically cools off at night, turn off your cooling system and open your windows while sleeping. When you wake in the morning, shut the windows and blinds to capture the cool air.
• Install window coverings to prevent heat gain through your windows, especially for windows facing west or south, which collect the most sun during the day.
• Operate your thermostat efficiently.
• Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.
• Keep your house warmer than normal when you are away, and lower the thermostat setting to 78° F only when you are at home and need cooling. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to control the temperature.
• Take advantage of long daylight hours that reduce the need for lighting in your home.
• Using a stove or oven can create excess heat inside your house. Grilling is one of the best ways to save energy and take advantage of the outdoors when the weather is nice.
• Let laundry dry outside instead of using a dryer.
• Use energy-efficient lightbulbs. LED lights are the most costly but offer the most energy savings, while CFL lights are a great combination of cost and efficiency.