While rain has kept temperatures in Oklahoma lower than predicted, it’s still hot and energy consumption is up. The increased energy use is hard on the environment and our budgets. Here are some easy ways to reduce your consumption and save some money this summer.
- Make sure your A/C is tuned-up and running as efficiently as possible.
- Use a programable thermostat. We all want a cool house but we don’t want to waste energy cooling an empty home. A programable thermostat allows you to have the temperature go up while you are away from the house and go back down when you are home.
- Run full loads. When running your dishwasher and washing machine be sure the loads are full to reduce the number of loads you are running. This will also help save a lot of water.
- When buying new appliances and electronics look for Energy Star certified products. Energy Star products have to meet standards of efficiency and will help you make sure you are getting an efficient product.
- Use power strips. Many electronics use what is called vampire energy, energy consumed while the item is turned off. Plugging items into a power strip and turning the strip off when the items aren’t in use can ensure the items aren’t using energy while not in use. You can also get smart power strips, which turn the items off without the whole strip being turned off.
- Plant a Tree. Trees that shade your home can help keep it cooler.
- Don’t over dry your clothes. Many newer dryers have sensors that turn the dryer off when the clothes are dry, if your’s has one use it. If your dryer doesn’t have a sensor be sure to check your clothes fairly often. This saves energy and is better for your clothes. Better yet, skip the dryer and line dry your clothes.
- Cover your windows. During the day close your curtains or blinds to keep the sun from heating up the room.
- Keep your freezer full. A full freezer uses less energy than an empty one. If you don’t have enough food to fill it you can freeze plastic bottles filled with water.
- Dust your fridge coils. Dusty coils can be a fire hazard and make the fridge work harder. Keeping them clean helps your refrigerator run more efficiently and safely.
These are just a few ways you can reduce your energy consumption this summer. Please share your tips in the comments below or on our Facebook page.
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