When summer rolls around, many of us dread the cost required to keep the house (and its occupants) cool. The higher the temperature outdoors, the harder your air conditioner has to work to maintain a comfortable climate indoors. In addition to your regular utility costs, having the AC on full blast can lead to an expensive energy bill throughout the summer. Although we cannot regulate the weather on a day to day basis, there are ways to help control your utility bills.
Here are five simple ways to save money on energy bills this summer:
- Unplug devices while not in use: If you have devices you’re not using, consider going around and unplugging them or using plugs which feature automatic shut off switches. Same goes for lighting – try to rely on natural light during the day and turn off lights when you leave a room.
- Start using fans: This may seem like an obvious alternative. However, opting to use your fan at times, such as cooler days and evenings, will help make a difference on your utility bill.
- Close up cracks: just as you may focus on insulation and closing up your home during the winter months, you should also consider doing the same thing in the summer. Try to seal windows and close doors in the areas of the house you don’t use.
- Tune up your AC: Have your system inspected to make sure it’s working as efficiently as possible. You can also set a schedule for your air conditioner. If you plan on spending the day outside of the house, turn the AC down or completely off until you return.
- Start drying laundry outside: Summer is a wonderful time that you can ditch the use of your dryer in favor of drying your clothes in the sunshine.
Keep some of these top ideas in mind for reducing your energy consumption throughout the summer months in order to save money.