Tips for Summertime Energy Savings

 

The heat of summer can bring high energy bills, so we’ve compiled a list of energy-saving tips to keep your bills low this year.

  • If you live in a region with cool nights, turn off the air conditioner and open the windows overnight, then close the windows in the morning to keep the cool air inside.
  • Use window coverings, such as vertical or horizontal blinds, to block sun and heat from your windows.
  • Install a programmable thermostat and program it to keep your home as warm as comfortably possible and to keep the home warmer when you are away.
  • Running a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat about 4 degrees with no noticeable difference. Turn off ceiling fans if you’re not in the room. According to Energy.gov, “Fans cool people, not rooms, by creating a wind chill effect.”
  • Run the bathroom fan when you take a shower to remove the heat and humidity from your home. Schedule regular maintenance and checks for your air conditioner and furnace.
  • Avoid using the oven on hot days. Instead, use the stove or microwave, or take advantage of the weather and grill outside.
  • Install energy-efficient light bulbs — such as CFL or LED — that generate less heat than incandescent bulbs.
  • Take advantage of the longer summer days by using daylight rather than artificial lights indoors in the afternoon and evening.
  • Take a walk around your house (indoors and out) and seal any cracks or openings to prevent warm air from leaking into your home.
  • Add caulk or weather stripping around drafty doors and windows. They cost you energy in the summer, as well as the winter.
  • Take advantage of warm summer days by line-drying clothes rather than using the dryer. When you need to use the dryer, make sure you are running full loads in it. Likewise, air-dry dishes by opening the dishwasher door after they’re washed.
  • Buy ENERGY STAR® appliances and products to save energy.
  • Solar-control window films applied to glass windows and doors can help conserve energy in the summer. Visit the International Window Film Association’s website for more information.
  • Take a cool shower rather than turning the AC down a few a degrees.
  • Use the exhaust fan to blow hot air out of the kitchen while you’re cooking.
  • Turn your water heater down to save energy.
  • If you have a pool, turn off the filter overnight when no one is using the pool.
  • Postpone laundry and dishwashing until the cooler evening hours and only washing full loads of clothes and dishes. 

Sources: Energy.gov, consumerenergycenter.org, NSTAR.com

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