Saturday, August 31, 2013

9 Ways to Save on End of Summer Energy Costs


Labor Day usually signals that summer is coming to an end.  You hear sayings like, vacation is over, time to get back to work; you can’t wear white anyway and other colloquialisms.  Temperatures start to drop and children are back in school getting homework assignments and writing reports.  This summer however is a little different. 

In some parts of the country this summer was not as hot as last summer which is good for homeowners who saved money on cooling costs.  However, temperatures are still in the 80-90's in some areas across the country and which is not good news for homeowners and their electricity and cooling costs.  Here are 8 quick tips to save money in the last few weeks of summer which can help offset some of the high energy bills we paid during this hot summer. 

  1. Appliances.  Limit the use of the microwave.  Use or purchase a portable grill such as the George Foreman grill or similar devices which reduces the amount of time it takes to cook food.  Try drying clothes using full loads or air drying clothes to save money.  Buy energy efficient appliances and light bulbs to save on energy costs.  Wash clothes in warm or cold water and rinse in cold water.
  1. Electronics.  Turn off all electronics and appliances when not in use.  If you have multiple televisions in your home this adds up in electricity costs when running them at the same time.  If you are out of the room for more than 20 minutes turn off all electronics.  Avoid going to sleep with the tv on, if you do set a timer so it is not on all night long.
  1. Computers.  Turn off your computer when not in use or leave it in standby mode.  Energy Star has free energy efficient programs for computers that will help reduce energy usage.
  1. Oven cooking.  Using the oven when it's hot outside will make it harder to keep your home cool.  Try cooking on top of the oven to save money on electricity. 
  1. Thermostat. Set your air conditioner thermostat to 78 degrees F and keep it there.  If you need additional cooling use a portable fan or ceiling fans.  Don't place lamps, televisions or computers near your thermostat.  The thermostat can sense the heating coming from the appliances and will run longer than necessary.
  1. Lights.  Don't turn lights on if your home gets natural sunlight.  Open the blinds or curtains to get natural sunlight light.  Keeping lights off also keeps your home cool.  Turn lights on only when necessary.
  1. Insulate.  Seal any cracks or leaks around and inside your home and insulate your attic floor.  Install storm windows to save on energy costs.
  1. Refrigerator.  Keep your refrigerator at 38 - 40 degrees F.  Keep your freezer at 5 degrees F.
  1. Open the windows at night to keep your home cool instead of turning on the a/c.

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