Ways to save energy, manage costs and stay cool!
With high humidity and temperatures in the 90s, consumers can expect to see a rise in their energy usage as they try to keep cool and dry.
There are ways to reduce energy consumption during the hot summer months, and stay relatively cool. Some are simply habits we should all develop, while others are more significant changes that will help save energy over the long-term.
- Crank up the thermostat. For every degree higher you set your thermostat during air conditioning season, you’ll save on your cooling costs. Try setting your thermostat at 78 degrees, and turn on a ceiling fan or other fan to help circulate the air in occupied rooms. Turn the fans off when no one is the room. They don’t actually cool the air; they just make you feel cooler.
- Half of all of the heat that enters your home comes in through the windows. Invest in a thick shade or window film to block out the summer sun. Shade south and west-facing windows, which absorb the most afternoon sun. For the hottest parts of your house, consider installing an awning or planting trees in front of the window to shade the house.
- Change the filters. A filter for your air conditioning system costs very little, and you can save energy if you change it every month during the summer. Dirty air conditioning filters reduce air flow and make the air conditioning system work harder.
- Don't over-dry your clothes. If your machine has a moisture sensor, use it. Otherwise, keep a check on the dryer load. Consider air-drying clothes on clothes lines or drying racks. And, don’t forget to clean the lint filter in the dryer after every load to improve air circulation.
- Take your cooking outdoors. If you have grill, use it. Not only do ovens and stovetops use a lot of electricity, they add heat to the house as well.
- Replace the most used light bulbs in your house with LED lights. They use a lot less energy and last much longer than incandescent or CFLs.