It’s tempting to blast the air conditioner during the sweltering summer months, but high energy bills can put a financial strain on your budget. Reducing your electric bill while battling summer heat is a challenge many face during this time of year. However, it is possible to have a cool, comfortable home and manageable utility fees at the same time. Follow these tips to beat the heat and save money this summer:
- Shut windows and shades during the day to keep sunlight out, and open them in the evening to naturally ventilate your home.
- Install weather stripping, insulation, or energy efficient windows in your home to prevent air leakage.
- Choose energy-efficient lighting and turn off lights that are not in use to keep room temperatures down while saving energy.
- Turn off your air conditioning unit when no one is home. Keep up with regular maintenance such as cleaning and replacing filters to ensure maximum efficiency.
- Use low-energy alternatives to air conditioners such as ceiling and attic fans to keep cool.
- Plant outdoor trees and shrubs for shade around the house and reduce up to 25% of your household’s energy consumption.
- Wait until the evening to do laundry or run the dishwasher to avoid extra fees during peak-electricity-use hours. Hang laundry outside to dry and use the air-dry feature on dishwashers to decrease indoor heat.
- Exercise outdoors to eliminate the electricity required to power a treadmill or stationary bike; go for a run or bike ride instead.
Looking for more ways to put money back in your pocket? Rebates and incentives are available to people who make their homes more energy efficient. By using these simple energy saving solutions, you shouldn’t have to make the choice between saving money and staying cool this summer.
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