Wednesday was the first day of summer, which means more barbecues and days at the beach. Although, it seems like summer arrived in my town about a month ago. Summer also means a dent in the wallet because energy costs tend to rise during the summer because the air conditioning is being used and more water is consumed. Here are 10 ways to save money during the summer:
- Programmable Thermostat – Use a programmable thermostat to control the temperatures in your house. If you have a manual thermostat you can buy a programmable one for fairly cheap. The cost will be recovered quickly with the savings you experience.
- Don’t Turn Off the Thermostat – I used to believe if I turned off the thermostat during the day while I was gone it would save money. That is not true. Turn it to 82 when you leave the house. The air conditioning may come on periodically through the day, but it takes more energy to cool down the house from 90 degrees to 82 degrees when you turn it back on.
- Use of Fans – Make sure to turn off fans when you leave the room. Fans don’t cool down a room, they cool down the people in the room. I used to leave my fans on all the time.
- Close Blinds and Drapes – Keeping the house darker in the heat of the day will help keep it cool. This is especially important if your house faces west.
- Replace Air Filters – Replacing your dirty filters with clean filters every 90 days will help circulate the air better and allow the air conditioner to run more efficiently. My air conditioner used to freeze up because I didn’t realize you had to replace the air filters that often.
- Clean Your Air Conditioner – I just learned this the other day. You can clean out your air conditioner and spray the coils down to clean off the dirt, it will help your air conditioner run more efficiently. Here is a video that shows you how to do it. Make sure to unplug it before attempting.
- Watering Lawn Less – Don’t water your Lawn during the middle of the day. The heat will evaporate the water and the wind will blow the water from the lawn. The best watering times are early morning or late evening. This will help you conserve water because you won’t have to water as often.
- Take Cooler and Faster Showers – If you take a cool shower it will cool your body temperature and encourage you to take a quicker shower. It may be a shock at first, but it will feel good after a couple of minutes.
- Unplug Electronics – Many electronics continue to use power when they are turned off. Depending on the amount of electronics you have in your home this could save a decent amount of money
- Use the Grill – Of course I saved the best for last. Use your grill instead of the stove and oven. The stove and oven will increase the temperature in your house, which will trigger the air conditioner. Using the grill is fun and and a great excuse to get the family together. Oh, and don’t forget the cold drink in hand.
Do you have any other tips to include? Have you done any of these cost saving measures? If so, what kind of savings did you experience?
Enjoy Your Summer!!!