Are you fed up with the high cost of your summer electric bill? Save money and energy by using these simple tips that will reduce your summer electric bill!
1- Use power strips. Did you know that electronics like your lamp or phone charger are still using power, even if your phone isn’t actually plugged in? Power sucks like these can vastly increase your power bill. Consolidate cords and save energy, plug them into a power strip, and turn them off when not in-use.
2- Grill outside, or start using your crockpot. Cooking in the oven and on the stove generates heat triggering your A/C to work harder. Consider preparing meals on the grill outside for a summer cookout or contain the heat inside using your crockpot. The less heat in the house, the less your A/C has to work.
3- Conserve water. Take shorter showers and also consider changing your showerhead. Less water usage can lower amount of electricity produced, different showerheads can conserve water. Also, run laundry and the dishwasher on full-loads.
4- Turn on the ceiling fan in occupied rooms. Fans help to circulate air and make the room you are in feel cooler. Turn your household fan setting to auto, this ensures it will only turn on when necessary. Leaving the fan in the on setting makes the fan run constantly, leaving you with increased expenses on your electric bill.
5- Energy-efficient technology, invest in future savings plus sustainability. Start by using caulk and weatherstrip on doors and windows where air could be leaking out! You dont want to cool down the whole neighborhood. LED and florescent light bulbs are a great investment and easy change. They last a lot longer and use much less energy. Energy-saving blinds and curtains also help to lock air in and keep heat out. Many families are also turning to the benefits that are associated with installing solar panels with battery packs for energy storage.
6- Adjust your thermostat, air filters and insulation. You can save up to 5% on your summer electric bill for every degree that you increase your thermostat. For every degree above 78°F you can save as much as 7-10%. It is reccommended that you change your air filters every three months. Dirty air filters not only increase your power bill, it will also mean that your unit is more likely to break down which equals an expensive repair bill. Change yours today, so your A/C doesn’t have to work harder than necessary.
7- Run your appliances during off-peak hours. Electric companies charge you a higher rate for using electricity during the peak hours of the day. Be smart and mindful about when you run appliances and you can save up to 50% on power. Check out this guide.