Summer can be an expensive time of the year when it comes to electric bills. Oklahoma’s hot summers can require a lot of a/c use, so it’s important to try and cut your use where you can to save money. Here are ten easy ways you can do that:
Get your a/c tuned up. This will help your a/c run better and more efficiently.
Only run your washer and dishwasher when full. Running full loads helps keep you from having to do as many loads, saving on energy use and water use.
Unplug items when not in use. Many electronics continue to draw energy even when not in use. You can prevent this by simply unplugging the items when you aren’t using them or by plugging items into power strips and flipping the switch when done. There are also power strips called smart strips that will shut everything off when the “control” item is turned off.
Turn up the a/c when you aren’t home. When you leave the house be sure to turn the a/c up a couple of degrees. Be sure not to go to high or the a/c will have a harder time cooling the house when you get home. Of course if you have pets in the home keep it at a temperature that will be safe for them.
Switch to CFL or LED light bulbs. If you haven’t already, start replacing your bulbs with energy efficient ones. They cost more to start with but will save you instantly and in the long term because they last much longer than traditional bulbs.
Use fans. Often you can turn up the a/c if you use a few fans.
Close blinds and curtains during the hot part of the day to keep the house cooler.
Turn off lights when you leave the room. This seems simple, but sometimes we forget and overtime this can add up.
Line dry your clothes. Oklahoma summers mean lots of sun, wind, and heat, this can be great for line drying clothes. Skipping the dryer will save you a lot of money and is gentler on your clothes.
- Let your dishes air dry. Many dishwashers let you turn off the dry cycle, simply open the dishwasher after the dishes are washed and let them dry on their own.
These are just a few ways you can save money on your electric bill this summer. Share your energy saving tips in the comments below or on our Facebook page.