Everybody likes saving money, but it can be difficult to reduce one’s electric bill while battling the heat we’ve experienced thus far this summer. After all, it can be tempting to blast the air conditioner and turn your house into an icebox to escape the sweltering temps just outside your front door, but this isn’t very cost effective. Once that first energy bill of the summer arrives and you almost faint from the charges, you realize you need to make some changes, stat! These tips should help you simultaneously manage the heat and your wallet:
- Keep your windows and shades shut during the day to keep hot sunlight and air out. Open them again at night to naturally ventilate and cool your home.
- If you live in an older home, install weather stripping, insulation, or energy efficient windows to prevent hot air leakage into your house.
- This insulation will also be useful during the winter by keeping cold air outside and warm air in your house.
- Install energy-efficient lighting and turn off lights whenever they are not in use.
- Did you know that only 10-15% of electricity that normal incandescent light bulbs use is converted into light? The rest produces heat!
- You can save a lot of money by keeping your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher and still manage to stay cool if you also:
- If you want to avoid using air conditioning altogether, install ceiling or attic fans.
- Also, use a ventilation fan in your bathroom every time you shower to remove heat and humidity.
- Use a microwave instead of a conventional oven because it uses less power and gives off less heat.
- Postpone doing laundry or running the dishwasher until the evening or early morning when temperatures are lower and less energy is being used in your home.
- For even more energy efficiency and savings, you can let your laundry air dry!
- Save money while being active by running outside instead of on a treadmill. Exercising outdoors eliminates electricity needed to operate a treadmill and provides a breath of fresh air as well as a change of scenery.
- Save even more and get extra exercise by biking to work or the grocery store.
Looking for more ways to put money back in your pocket? There are rebates and incentives offered just for doing things like replacing old appliances with newer, more energy efficient ones. Follow these tips so that you don’t have to make the choice between saving some green and staying green this summer!
Join the conversation: Tweet @massgov with your tip to save money and energy in the heat.