Many homeowners have to deal with increasing energy bills during the hottest months in the summer. Summer means the kids are at home most of the time using multiple appliances for entertainment and your air-conditioning system will have to work harder and non-stop to maintain a comfortable temperature for everyone.
So, while we look forward to enjoying the warm weather and great summer nights, we know that you want to say ‘thank you, next’ to higher energy bills. Read on to find smart tips to deal with your increasing electric bills during the summer.
Top 13 Energy Saving Tips For Summer
Summertime does not have to be very expensive. You can avoid the shocks caused by rising energy bills during summer by following these tips:
- Get an AC tune-up.
During summer it gets muggy and hotter outside, and your air-conditioning system will have to work double. Ideally, you should call a professional to inspect your cooling system and make sure it’s in the best working condition as possible at least once a year. During a tune-up, the HVAC technician will clean the air-conditioning system, perform preventative maintenance, and take other steps to prevent sudden breakdowns and optimize energy efficiency.
- Check your filters.
See to it that your filters are clean so they can function more efficiently. Dust and dirt can interfere with the airflow which means your appliances will have to utilize more electricity to function properly. Also, ensure that you clear the spaces near your vents. Make sure there are no furniture and other items that may block the airflow.
- Check your insulation system.
You will want to keep the hot air out and the cooler air in, so take the time to inspect your home for air leaks and poor insulation. Make sure there is proper sealing and caulking between the gaps and connections in your house particularly in the attic.
- Block out the sun.
Use dark and thick drapes to block the sun from getting inside your house. Close your drapes and curtains during the daytime. And, during the evening when it is colder outside, you can open your windows to let the cool air in for natural ventilation.
- Use the fans.
Use portable and ceiling fans instead of relying heavily on your air-conditioning system. For a better cooling effect, run the fan counter-clockwise, and don’t forget to turn them off when no one is in the room.
- Wear light and breathable clothing for the hot weather.
Wearing breathable clothing can help maintain your cool and keep you more comfortable without having to keep temperatures as cool when it is so hot outside.
- Use your lights efficiently.
Turn off the lights around your home that are not in use. If you have not upgraded your bulbs at home yet, it is high time you switch to LED bulbs. LEDs give better lighting and are more energy efficient. They also tend to last longer than conventional bulbs which save you more money in the long run.
- Minimize the use of your oven.
Your indoor oven can significantly increase the temperature in your kitchen, which means heavier work for your AC to maintain a comfortable temperature. Use your outdoor grill or microwave oven instead.
- Unplug unused appliances from the outlets.
Appliances keep drawing power even when turned off and this standby electricity loss can easily add up to your energy bill.
- Reduce indoor heat particularly in the afternoon when it’s hottest outside.
Some home appliances can give off a good deal of unwanted heat. You can keep your home cooler by doing some activities such as cleaning, cooking, ironing, and laundry during the cooler early morning or evening hours.
- Take a shorter and cooler shower.
When taking a shower, turn down the temperature of the hot water to save energy and decrease the duration of how long you stay in the shower to conserve water.
- Only wash full loads of clothes or dishes.
Instead of running many small loads of laundry in your washing machine or dishes in the dishwasher, you can conserve power when you save them to run larger loads instead. Washing in cold water can also substantially cut your energy usage. You can also air-dry your dishes and hang your clothes outside to dry under the sun and save even more.
- Go out and enjoy outdoor activities.
What better excuse to go outside and have fun under the sun than summer time? From exercising outdoors to picnics, and swimming in community pools. By spending less time inside your house, you get to exercise your body, spend more time bonding with your family, and reduce your energy bill.
You can beat the heat without breaking your wallet by adopting a few smart energy-saving habits listed above. An energy-efficient home does not only mean more savings in your pocket, but it also means you are doing your share to save Mother Earth.