Summer Energy Saving Tips
Summer has officially arrived and that means rising temperatures as well as rising energy costs. We all want to stay cool and comfortable during the summer heat, but it’s sometimes difficult to keep your electric bill at a reasonable number. As it turns out, there are many ways to manage your energy consumption, including home energy monitors. Also, Rebates and incentives are sometimes available from your utility company or the government. Here are some additional steps you can take to optimize your summer energy use:
- Seal Doors and Windows: Reduce energy loss by up to 10 percent by sealing window and door drafts with caulking and weather stripping.
- Power Down: Turn off electronic devices like televisions, video game consoles, cable boxes, laptops and cell phone chargers when not in use.
- Get efficient: Be smarter about how and when you use your major appliances. Run the dishwasher and washing machine only when you have a full load, and consider hanging your clothes to dry rather than using the dryer. In addition, you can save more on your bills by washing your laundry in cold water whenever possible, setting your machine to the shortest wash time and skipping the extra rinse cycle.
- Utilize Your Thermostat: Program an electric thermostat to raise the temperature in your home while you are at work. This helps avoid using energy when you don’t need it. You can also keep your cooling costs down by closing your blinds and curtains during the day to block heat coming through your windows.