If you live anywhere where you have to use air conditioning in the summer, you know how expensive your electric bill can get this time of year.
Doing things to keep the energy bill down is not only good for your finances but it’s good for the environment too because it uses less energy.
It may seem like an impossible task but a few little tweaks can lower your bill by up to 50%. You will need to get your family on board and change some habits.
- Although this is an expense, it’s still a good idea to get your air conditioning system checked out by a professional. This can often save you money in the long run.
- Keep your draperies closed. I use the insulated curtains. They keep it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. They aren’t any more expensive than regular draperies and curtains.
- Most newer homes are insulated but if yours isn’t, get it insulated.
- Limit the use of your oven. Grill outside or use your crock pot or microwave.
- Turn on your vent on your range hood when cooking on the stove.
- Don’t heat dry your dishes in your dishwasher. Use the air dry setting.
- Change your air filters regularly.
- Keep the temperature on your thermostat up to 76-78 degrees. If you are going on vacation, turn it off altogether. And if you have a programmable thermostat, set it so the air doesn’t kick on until you get home.
- Wash your clothes in cold water.
- Use your electric appliances (dishwashers, washers and dryers) in the evening when electricity is cheaper.
- Hang your clothes on the clothes line when possible. For things that my be stiff by drying outside such as towels, dry them outside first and then put them in the dryer for about 10 minutes to fluff them up.
- Plug your things into the electric power strips that you can turn off when not in use. Appliances still have a small amount of current running into them even when they are turned off. Using a power strip will cut that off and save you money.
- Switch your light bulbs to the more energy efficient fluorescents.
- It’s obvious, but turn off lights when not in use.
- When you need to buy new appliances, make sure to buy the energy efficient models. They can save you up to $7o a year in electricity costs.
Over a 15 year life span of the appliance, that can be as much as $1,000.
- It may take awhile but keep reminding others in your household to do these things. After awhile it will become a habit for all of you.