It’s summertime and we all know what that means – it’s hot outside. While we may look forward to the summer months for many reasons, one of them is not the increased electric bills. Whether you are using more water for showers, running fans to catch a cool breeze, or using more electricity to run your air conditioning, energy saving tips can help the earth and your wallet. This summer before you turn that air conditioning down 10 more degrees, consider these energy-saving tips when it’s hot outside – your wallet will thank you!
Automate Your Thermostat
Consider replacing a manual thermostat with an automatic on that can be programmed. This allows you to easily keep your home warmer when you are not at home. Meanwhile, the thermostat can be programmed to come on prior to the family returning home.
Replace Outdated Air Conditioning Units
If your air conditioning unit is more than 20 years old, it might be time to purchase a new energy-efficient unit. Even if the unit is younger and you reside in extreme climate locations, it is wise to consider replacing your unit. You want to consider a unit that costs less to run and has energy approved program guidelines. Depending on your geographical location these guidelines can differ.
Keep the Hot Sun Out of Home
During the times of day when the sun is at its hottest, or when leaving your home, block warm rays out by pulling your window treatments closed. Not only will in your interior space feel much cooler, but your air conditioning unit will not have to work so hard.
Alternate Cooking Methods
Rather than using your oven, consider grilling outside or using your microwave this summer. Heating your oven adds to the heat which then makes your air conditioning work longer and harder. If you must use your oven, consider baking in the morning time when it is cooler outside, and the air conditioning unit may not need to be used.
Take Short and Cooler Showers
Turn down the temperature of the hot water when taking a shower to save energy. Reduce the amount of time you stay in the shower to also save on hot water tank usage. As opposed to an entire water tank that sits in your basement, utility space, or garage, consider installing a tankless water heater. A tankless water heater saves money and only heats water when needed.
Give Your Air Conditioning Unit a Break
Instead of using an air conditioning unit, consider using a ceiling fan to move air around your home. This gives your air conditioning unit a much-needed break and saves you money.
Saving energy, therefore money, this summer should not be difficult. Use these helpful energy-saving tips to save the earth, protect your wallet, and keep you and your family cool during these hot summer months. There are countless ways to save energy. Do your part and the earth and your pocket will thank you!