Spring is in full swing and summer will soon be here. The increase in temperature will naturally bring another seasonal increase in your summer electric bills. Thankfully you don’t have to sweat the summer heat or work overtime just to pay the electric bill. Instead you can stay cool and save money at the same time with the following 15 tips I’ve put together. Some are so unbelievably simple you can start using them today!
Easy Ways To Help You Save On Your Summer Electric Bills
Using your blinds and curtains properly can reduce the heat coming into your home through the windows by up to 77%. By opening and closing your curtains based on the position of the sun, i.e. closing the blinds on the windows with direct sunlight and leaving them open on the windows where the sun is not shinning will stop the suns rays from increasing the temperature inside your home. Hanging your curtains as close to the window as possible will also help to eliminate the heat coming into your home through your windows.
Just as in the winter, making sure your windows and doors are well insulated will help reduce your energy expense. In the summer it will help keep the cool air in while blocking the heat from the outdoors from seeping into your home.
Use your air conditioner and central air sparingly. Only using it during the heat of the day to cool down the room or rooms you are in or use the most. Doing this will save your bank account while keeping you cool.
Ceiling fans will keep you cool and use much less energy than running the A/C all day. Just make sure to turn them off when you leave the room, otherwise they won’t do any thing but run up your summer electric bill.
When leaving the house for the day set your thermostat to 78 degrees. It will keep your A/C from running throughout the day driving up your electric bill.
If your family is going on vacation and won’t be home for a few days don’t forget to turn off the A/C before you leave.
In the summer you can help keep your kitchen frugal by making sure your fridge and freezer are at least 50% full, this will allow your fridge to run less often. If you don’t need all the space in your fridge simply fill up the extra space with milk jugs of water. They will help keep the fridge and freezer cold without requiring extra energy to do so.
Once you have taken the previous step you can try turning down the thermostat on your fridge and freezer a few e. The full milk jugs will help keep the fridge cold and you may find the storage life of your food is unchanged. However, you will want to keep an eye on it for a little while to make sure the quality of your food hasn’t changed.
Help keep your home cool by avoiding meals that require you to turn on the oven. Instead try crock pot cooking during the hot months of summer, or consider eating more sandwiches and salads as a way to avoid the heat.
Vacuum the coils on the back of your fridge to help keep it running as efficiently as possible. Remember, if it has to work hard just to run it will use more energy just to keep your food cool.
While you have your vacuum out take a little time to check the dryer vent and make sure it is free from lint. If it is full of lint your dryer will not work as well as it should and running the dryer over and over will quickly increase your summer electric bill.
Replacing your incandescent lightbulbs with more energy-efficient and longer lasting LED bulbs can save you money over the long run. They are more expensive than the incandescent bulb but I believe in the long run the cost savings over a long period of time outweighs the upfront cost of the bulbs themselves.
Along with replacing inefficient bulbs you can take the extra set to unplug any devices and appliances (think charged cellphones, tablets, TVs, and computers or laptops) when you are not using them. This will help you avoid phantom energy usage. My family uses a power strip to plug things into when we are using them or they need to be charged, get gets turned on when in use and then back off when we are done. This little trick can save you money on your summer electric bill and all year-long.
Any parent can tell you that kids can be big energy wasters. By teaching your kids, and insisting they follow through, to turn the lights and electronics off as soon as they are done with them can help cut down on the energy your kids use. Speaking of kids, teaching them to keep the door closed when the A/C is running will keep the cool air in and the hot air out.
Now that I’ve shared 15 of my favorite ways to beat the heat and save on my summer electric bills why not take a minute to share some of your best tips in the comments below. I’d love to hear how your family keeps cool on those hot summer days!
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