Did you know that “the most expensive utility bill for homeowners is the electric bill, accounting for roughly 9% of expenditure on housing according to NAHB tabulations of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data on consumer expenditures.”
As I began to research this week’s topic, the one thing that came to mind when I thought about the heat of summer, is air conditioning and keeping myself cool. After that thought of course came the thought of the dreaded electric bill. So this week I wanted to share some ideas on energy conservation through the summer months.
Tips to Save Energy
If You Aren’t Using it, Unplug it!
One of the simplest ways to conserve energy around our homes is to make sure that we are turning off any light, TVs, radios or any other electronic devices that we are not using. This even includes cell phone chargers. Anytime that a cord is plugged into a wall, it is receiving electricity.
Air Circulation is Key
A great way to cut back on energy costs is to cool your home as much as you can in the morning before the sun heats things up. You will want to open up windows at the opposite ends of your home.
Turning on box fans and ceiling fans will help to circulate air and cool things down. Once you notice it beginning to warm up, simply close your windows, pull down your shades, or close your curtains to keep the sun out.
Continue to run your ceiling fans and box fans to keep the air circulating. When you notice your home becoming warmer, consider turning on the air conditioner at that time. Also, consider keeping windows open on cooler evenings to help cool things down.
Closing doors and vents to rooms not being used will help to push the cooler air to rooms that are being used. This is great for basements that are generally cooler anyway, storage rooms and garages.
Keep The AC Running and in Tip Top Shape
Having your HVAC system serviced regularly can save you on your electric bill. Licensed technicians know what to look for with your air conditioner and heating systems. They will be able to address any leaks, differential issues, make sure you are using a proper filter and can answer any questions you have about your heating and cooling system.
Avoid Using the Oven and Dryer During the Day
One of the quickest ways to heat up your home is to use the oven. To avoid having your air conditioner work over time, avoid baking in the afternoon and evening hours.
The optimal baking time during the summer is early in the morning while it’s cooler, or late at night once the temperature has lowered.
The dryer is a huge energy user in the home, right behind the refrigerator. If you’re able to, you may consider ditching the dryer during the summer months and drying your clothes outside.
Program Your Thermostat
Programming your thermostat can save you quite a bit of money over the year. Keep your home cooler when you are there and warmer when you are gone.
ILA has a great thermostat that you can use to begin saving money. It’s called the VIP3000. It operates on 3 levels of heating, 2 of cooling, and will verbally walk you through the setup process.
We all love to save money, and by making a few small changes to our daily life and routines, we will begin to see the savings roll in. It may only be a few cents here and there, but over time, you will start to notice more money in your pocket.
ILA has a variety of thermometers and thermostats to meet every need. Check out our inventory and find what might work best for you!
This blog was written by contributing author Sarah Bowman, a stay-at-home mom turned business owner of Sarah Bowman Assisting.