You may not be able to do anything about the rising temperatures during the summer, but you can take steps to lower your energy bill and still stay cool. Some people mistakenly think that it takes budget-breaking changes to lower energy bills. However, there are numerous, low-cost or no-cost things you can do.
Block the Sunlight
You can add window film to your windows to block out the bright sunshine. Closing the curtains or blinds will keep your home cooler which means your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard.
If possible, refrain from using your clothes dryer during the summer. Dryers can really heat up your house. Drying clothes outside is a great way to reduce your energy bill year round. You can purchase rotary clothesline for less than $50. Set up is incredibly simple. There’s also several indoor clothes drying systems available for situations where an outdoor clothesline isn’t allowed.
Ignore the Oven
Use a toaster oven if you must bake or broil something. Using an outdoor grill is a great way to keep from heating up the house to prepare meals. Add sandwiches and salads to your home menu plan during the summer.
Ceiling fans and room fans can help reduce your energy bill during the summer. When you steadily have air circulating in a room, the area will feel cooler. With a fan in the room, you can turn your thermostat up a couple of degrees and still remain comfortable.
Check around your windows and doors to determine if there are areas where hot air is coming into your home. If there are air leaks, add some insulation to those areas so that you don’t lose the cool air that is inside of your home.
A specialist from Team Electric Inc., an electric, plumbing, and heating company in New Jersey, recommends having a professional check your air conditioning system to make sure it is working efficiently. Be sure to keep the filters changed regularly.
Turn off the Lights
Take advantage of the natural light that you have during the summer. Turn on lights less frequently and be sure to turn them off when you don’t need them. Relax by turning off the lights inside and spending evenings on the deck or patio.
Small changes can cause a noticeable reduction in your energy bill in the summer. Making some changes in your meal plans, daily habits and the way you spend your leisure time is a good way to celebrate the summer season.
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