Save Energy and Take the Heat Off Your Wallet!

During the summer, energy bills usually are elevated due to the amount of time the air conditioner is on. With these tips, you can not only reduce how much energy you use (good for the Earth), but also save some money which can be spent on other things (good for you). This is a win-win situation, so pay attention!

Energy Graph. Shows spikes during July August September. Credit: http://www.ashraedenver2013.org/

Energy graph showing spikes during the months of July, August, and September. Credit: http://www.ashraedenver2013.org/

Saving Energy Tips During Summer:

  • Keep your thermostat up a couple of degrees. As the weather difference between inside and outside becomes larger, cooling those last couple of degrees takes longer, and thus has your air conditioner working longer.
  • On a warm sunny day, keep your blinds closed if you are not home. The blinds will keep a lot of the sunlight out of the house and cause the house to stay cool.
Credit: Jinx! via Flickr

Credit: Jinx! via Flickr

  • Use your dishwasher and washing machine only when you have full loads. This will keep the energy bill down because you will not be wasting energy on non-full loads.
  • A ceiling fan can help lower the temperature in a room by as much as 4 degrees. This will allow you to keep your thermostat higher or even off, making it work less and saving lots of energy.
A man barbecuing instead of using an oven. Credit: Peter Wekrman via Flickr

A man barbecuing instead of using an oven. Credit: Peter Wekrman via Flickr

  • Try to avoid cooking food in the oven. It gives off a lot of heat which will cause you to use your thermostat.
  • Using compact florescent light bulbs can not only save you energy by being energy efficient, they also produce less heat.
Credit: Paul Keller via Flickr

Credit: Paul Keller via Flickr

  • Lower your hot water heater from 140 to 120 degrees. During hot weather, the extra 20 degrees would just be wasted and expand your heating bill even more.

 

If you would like to save even more money, SmartHome™ by WeatherBug gives professional insight into your home’s energy usage, correlated to real-time weather data from your neighborhood by the world’s largest weather observation network (ours!). Learn more here

 

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