Electric bills can be really high as the temperatures rise. Use these tips to conserve energy and save money on your electric bill.
Summer can mean high electric bills, especially during hot weather. No one wants to have to spend even more money on an electric bill. These tips will help you save money and also help reduce your carbon footprint.
Saving on Your Electric Bill
Keep your windows covered.
Closing your blinds and curtains can help keep the sun from shining in and heating up your home. Blackout curtains can help even more.
Seal up your home.
Older windows and doors can let your cool air out of your home, you can find window seals at your local hardware stores to help keep the air inside.
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 a/c to get caught up when you do get home. Smart thermostats can be set to automatically change temperatures.
Using fans can help keep your home cool and put less strain on your a/c. Look for energy efficient fans when buying them to keep from adding energy costs and be sure to turn them off when you leave the room.
Avoid the oven.
Using your oven can heat your home up, making your a/c work harder. Try and eat more cold meals, especially during the hottest part of the day. When you do need to warm meals use the stovetop, a toaster oven, or even an Instant Pot. Also keeping pots closed on the stove helps keep the heat in the pot and not in your house.
Unplug unused electronics.
Electronics can use what is called vampire energy, even when not in use. Be sure to unplug any electronics you aren’t using or plug them into power strips and turn the power strip off when done.
Use less energy during peak hours.
Peak energy use hours are 2 p.m.-7 p.m., during this time avoid extra energy use. This is also the peak water use time so avoid extra water use as well.
Switch to energy efficient light bulbs.
Replacing your light bulbs with CFLs or LED light bulbs can help save energy and they also put off less heat, keeping your home cooler.
These are just a few ways you can conserve energy and save money on your electric bill. Be sure to sign up for our mailing list for more green living tips!