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Cool savings during hot summer months

June 29, 2016   By Nicole Aiello in Reduce The Use

We’re all looking for ways to save money, even if it is just so we can spend that extra money on shoes. (I admit it. I have a closet dedicated just to shoes.) Whether you’re into collecting shoes, cars, bikes, books, figurines or those tiny little spoons at tourist attractions, you can save money on your electric bill even when it feels like 104 degrees outside.

No-cost energy saving tips:

  • My dad used to tell me this every day – Turn out the lights! If you’re not using them, flip the switch to save energy.
  • Close the refrigerator. Every time the fridge is opened, up to 30 percent of cool air escapes.
  • Unplug electronics, especially energy-hogging game consoles, when you’re not using them. Make it easy on yourself by using power strips.
  • Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher during the summer. Anything lower and your energy bill can increase up to 5 percent per degree.
  • When the sun shines into your windows, it's heating up your home. Although that’s a good thing in the winter, it can cause high energy bills in the summer. Close your blinds during the day to keep the air inside cooler.
  • Fans are great at cooling people. Keep fans on when you’re in the room, but be sure to turn them off when you leave. And in the summer, they should be moving in a counter clockwise direction.
  • Use your microwave instead of your oven or stovetop.
  • Run your dishwasher and clothes washer and dryer only when you have full loads, and let your dishes air dry. Be sure to use “heat” appliances during the coolest parts of the day.

Low-cost energy saving tips:

  • If you have gaps around your doors or windows, it’s costing you money on your energy bill. You can easily fix those gaps with weather stripping, caulk and door sweeps.
  • Switch to LEDs. The old, traditional incandescent light bulbs are inefficient compared to new technology. LEDs and CFLs use significantly less energy and last a lot longer.
  • Help your A/C unit run more efficiently by replacing filters every month.
  • Install more attic insulation. Upgrading from three inches to 12 inches of insulation cuts cooling costs by up to 10 percent.

If you’re not sure where to start, take our free, online home checkup here. It could provide you with some cool savings during these hot summer months. And if you ever want to go shoe shopping, let me know!