Energy bills can skyrocket during the summer. The constant heat and humidity make your cooling system run constantly, using large amounts of electricity and costing you money.
But there are ways to lessen the blow. These simple, no-hassle tips can save electricity and money that you can now spend on more pool toys.
Turn Off Lights
This one seems obvious. But not only will it save electricity that would’ve been spent powering bulbs, it also eases the burden on your air conditioner. Most light bulbs give off a not-insignificant amount of heat, working in opposition to efforts to cool your home.
Another option is to replace standard bulbs with LEDs. They last forever and don’t give off as much heat.
Water Heater Temperature
The default setting on most water heaters is 140°F. You likely don’t needwater that’s quite that hot so turn it down a notch to the “warm setting” of 120°F. That will save energy and prevent accidental scalding while washing your hands.
Connected devices are built for efficiency and energy savings. A smart thermostat can make sure your cooling systems and dehumidifiers are running only when they can be most effective, and only when they’re really needed. You simply set the temperature you want, and the device will find the most energy saving way to get there. Most of these products have an “Energy Saver” mode as well, so use that whenever possible. And make sure to notify the device if your house is empty while you’re away on vacation.
When it comes to setting the thermostat, choose the highest temperature that’s comfortable for you and your family. This will save power and prevent you from getting a massive temperature jolt when you go out into the summer heat. Try starting at 78°F for maximum energy savings.
Appliances like dryers and dishwashers can give off a lot of heat, so it’s best to run them during the cooler night hours when your air conditioner doesn’t have to work so hard. Simply have them loaded and ready to turn on right before you head to sleep. Your oven, of course, also gives off heat during use, but we don’t expect you to move dinnertime to 11 p.m.