The kids are out of school, the sun is out, and the temperatures are about to be scorching. We all know what this means: it’s almost summer. While summer does come with great weather, that heat can take a toll on your utility bill. If you’re looking to save some money while keeping cool, look no further and follow this guide to cut down on your summer utility costs.
Use your windows
If it’s warm outside, don’t assume your thermostat is the only way to make your home colder. If there is air circulating, consider opening your windows instead. This provides some air flow into the room while keeping your electricity use low. If you live somewhere where it cools down at night, leave the windows open to allow for cool air to come in overnight. During the day, be aware that windows can allow the sun to enter and warm your home. Use curtains or treat your windows so that the room isn’t unnecessarily heated by the sun’s rays.
Watch your thermostat usage
Keeping the temperatures frigid in your home may feel nice, but it doesn’t feel good for your bank account. Turning down the thermostat to low temperatures when it is already cold does nothing more than wasting energy, costing you money. Rather, keep your thermostat as high as you can while keeping it a satisfactory temperature. If you can’t sacrifice having a cold home, instead raise the temperature when you leave. The heat can’t bother you when you’re not there, and it does wonders for saving electricity. You can use a programmable thermostat or a smart thermostat to do this automatically, making saving money an automatic switch!
Use your fans
A fan in your room uses far less energy than an AC unit will, so think about using fans as a first line of defense against heat. Only turn on your thermostat after the fans aren’t doing enough. As we discussed in another blog post, ceiling fans do a great job of ensuring that you’re circulating the cool air in your home. It also works to make the room feel 7-8 degrees cooler than it actually is.
Keep it efficient
A great deal of energy is wasted when you don’t watch how your appliances are working. For instance, be sure not to heat your home with your appliances. If it’s warm outside, ban oven usage. Instead of ovens, try cooking on the stove or grill outside. Be wary of any other appliances that produce heat like computers, dishwashers, or hairdryers. Limit usage of these appliances or forbid them entirely to prevent heating up your home. Take proper care of your air conditioning unit and other appliances to keep them as energy efficient as possible and plan to receive all necessary maintenance.
Unplug your devices
Appliances like TVs and computers can be a drain on your electricity bills. If this is becoming a concern, either unplug the devices entirely before leaving or switch to a smart strip which cuts power to devices when they don’t need it. Switch to a surge protector that you can easily turn off when leaving. There are some surge protectors that can be controlled with remotes or some that know when to shut power off automatically. Explore and see what is the best option for you.
Lower your hot water heater temperature
Hot water heaters are a major culprit of high utility costs, especially during the summer. The summers are hot enough, so don’t waste your time and money taking long, hot showers or baths. Shorten your showers so you can limit your water use and save money. When washing your clothes, use cold water as much you can. You want your washer to be as full as it can be comfortably, as it uses less water to do one larger load rather than several smaller loads of laundry. Last, consider lowering the temperature on your hot water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Each 10 degree reduction can save 3-5% on your water heating costs.
Are you looking to save money this summer on your utility bill? Contact us at Complete Electrical.
We can go over your energy saving options and perform maintenance on your electrical appliances to save your hard earned cash.