Get tips on how to lower your electric bill in the summer. It can be one of the toughest times to reduce your energy bill but if you follow some easy steps you can.
Reducing your electric bill is a great way to not only save money but also help reduce your carbon footprint. There are a lot of ways you can reduce your bill and most things are very simple and you won’t even notice a change in your lifestyle.
Don’t try to do everything at once but take one thing at a time to work on lowering your summer electric bill. Every step counts so no need to rush and get burned out.
How to Lower Your Electric Bill in the Summer
Get Your Air Conditioner Tuned Up
Having your air conditioner tuned can help it run more efficiently, which in turn saves you money. You can do it yourself or hire someone to do it. Either way, it will help you save money and help prevent breakdowns.
Keep Your Windows Covered
Closing your blinds and curtains can help keep the sun from shining in and heating up your home. You can do this with all of your windows or just the ones facing the sun.
Unplug Unused Items
Many electronics use energy even when they aren’t in use. By unplugging them you stop this vampire energy. You can even buy special power strips that turn the items all the way off for you.
Change Your Light Bulbs
Using CFLs and LEDs can help cut your energy use and also give off less heat so they heat up your house less than traditional light bulbs, saving you even more.
Fans can help make the room feel a few degrees cooler without using anywhere near as much energy as your A/C. Remember to turn the fans off when you aren’t in the room as they cool people, not rooms.
Keep Your Furnace Filter Changed
This helps keep your air conditioner running efficiently and also helps the air quality in your home.
Turn Off Heat Dry on Your Dishwasher
This setting isn’t really needed and it wastes energy. It can also heat up your house. You can instead just open the dishwasher once the cycle is done and allow the dishes to air dry.
Wash Your Laundry in Cold Water
90% of the energy consumed by your washer goes to heating the water. Using cold water will make a big difference in your electric bill. Most laundry detergents are designed to be used in cold water so they will clean just as well.
Wash Full Loads
Washing full loads of dishes and laundry helps cut down how many loads you have to run. It also helps reduce your water and energy use.
Clean Your Refrigerator’s Coils
Dirty condenser coils make your fridge work harder to keep your food cool. Keeping them clean will also help you prevent problems with your refrigerator, no one wants to have their fridge die.
Use Your Stove and Oven More Efficiently
Things like turning your oven and stove off a few minutes before you are done with them help reduce energy use. The built-up heat will keep cooking your food for a while after it’s turned off.
Also, be sure to use lids on pots to keep the heat in and use the right size pots for the burners to efficiently heat the food. And only preheat when needed, for things like casseroles or foods that cook for a long time, preheating isn’t always needed.
Allow Your Food to Cool Before Putting it in the Fridge
This helps keep the food from heating up your fridge and making it work harder. It’s also safer and helps prevent bacteria from growing in your food.
Keep Your Freezer Full
A full freezer helps keep the food cold with less energy. If you have extra space just fill up soda bottles with water and freeze them. Just be sure not to block any vents.
Turn the Thermostat Up When Away
Turning up your thermostat a degree or two when away from the home can help save you money. You don’t want to go much higher than that though because it can be hard for the air conditioner to get caught up when you do get home. Even better get a programable thermostat or use the one you have!
Sign up for OG&E Smart Hours
If you are a customer of OG&E you can try out Smart Hours. Using OG&E Smart Hours can help you track your energy use and also by using the peak hour rates you can save a lot of money.