No doubt we’ve all been feeling a little warm lately, but don’t let your electricity bill make you break out in a sweat either! In fact, just a few small changes around the house will save your pocketbook and the planet from getting a little hot under the collar.
Move the thermostat. Keep your air conditioner at 78ºF when you’re home, and 85ºF when you’re away. Many professionals recommend that you don’t turn off the air conditioner, as it takes a lot more energy to cool a warm house down than to keep it at a consistent temperature. Also make sure to regularly clean or replace your air conditioner filters for the most efficient operation.
Save the electronics for night time. Run heat-producing appliances like the dryer and dishwasher at night so your air conditioner will not have to compensate for the added heat during the day. If possible, line-dry your clothes during the day.
Fan it out. Ceiling and portable fans are a great and inexpensive way to circulate cooler air throughout your house.
Set your water heater to 120º and only wash clothes in cold water.
Keep the home dark during the day. This is a tough one. Who doesn’t love a naturally light and fresh feel in their home? But all that extra light creates extra heat. Save the open windows for when the sun goes down.
Unplug unused electronics and appliances. Do not run unused refrigerators or freezers. Even when TVs are turned off, they are still pulling electricity from the outlet. By plugging your electronics into a power strip, you can easily power down your electronics and lower the electricity bill.
Just a few minor adjustments could equal big savings without cramping your lifestyle. Stay cool this summer, and save some energy too!