How to Avoid Higher Utility Costs During the Summer Heat
July 18, 2019
Summer activities can be costly, and the last thing you want to do is spend your vacation funds on electricity bills. Don’t let the summer heat put a strain on your wallet. With these tips, you’ll be able to save money on utility costs while helping to conserve energy, and still get to enjoy your summer plans!
Set Your Thermostat
Programmable thermostats are helpful when you want to conserve energy at home. They allow you to program specific times to turn the air conditioning up or down. That way, you’re not spending money to cool your house when no one is home. In fact, “for every degree you raise or lower the temperature in your home, during the heat of the summer or the cold of winter, you can save up to 2% on your utility bill.” Erin Doman, Compact Appliance
Flip the Switch
Ceiling fans are also a great way to stay cool in the summer. Try setting your fan’s blades to run counterclockwise. This trick is as easy as flipping a switch allowing cool air to blow down while trapping the warm air higher.
Block the Sun
Drapes and curtains aren’t just for privacy. They can keep the sun’s heat out, as well. According to Consumer Reports, by closing your curtains during the day, you can reduce heat gain in your home by up to 45%.
Grill and Chill
Instead of creating more heat indoors by using kitchen appliances, opt for cooking on an outdoor grill. Not only will you conserve energy, but you’ll have time to enjoy the outdoors while bonding with your loved ones!
Unplug and Turn off
Turn off and unplug devices when you’re not using them. Unplugging a device is a great option because certain appliances use energy even if they’re turned off. These devices including your TV, are known as phantom loads and can be found in almost every room of your home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, phantom loads add about 10% to your electric bill each month.