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.
Join the conversation: Tweet @MassGov with your tips for saving money and energy in the heat.
Honor Massachusetts Veterans This Memorial Day posted on May 22
Massachusetts proudly supports and honors military members who have died fighting for our country, and Memorial Day — May 25, 2015 — offers residents of the Commonwealth an opportunity to remember fallen heroes. The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) and the Department of …Continue Reading Honor Massachusetts Veterans This Memorial Day
Boat Smart from the Start for National Safe Boating Week posted on May 19
The simple act of wearing a flotation device can save a life. According to a 2013 U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) recreational boating report, in fatal boating accidents where the victims drowned, 84 percent were not wearing a life jacket. National Safe Boating Week, designated from …Continue Reading Boat Smart from the Start for National Safe Boating Week
Family Support Services for Families Caring for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities posted on May 15
Many families across Massachusetts care for loved ones with intellectual disabilities. Through the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Commonwealth offers a number of programs designed to help these families by providing a wide array …Continue Reading Family Support Services for Families Caring for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities