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Stay Cool and Frugal: 7 Practical Ways to Reduce Summer Electricity Bills

May 24, 2019

Stay Cool and Frugal: 7 Practical Ways to Reduce Summer Electricity Bills

How to Save on Your Electric Bill This Summer

High temperatures during summer can be identified as one of the reasons your energy bills are higher when compared to other seasons. Thankfully you can opt out of the crowd that pays high energy bills every summer with some simple steps.

The need for comfort during summer is the reason many people have grudgingly accepted high electric bills during summer, there are ways to avoid these high energy costs.

In this post, I will be writing about simple ways you can lower your energy bills this summer and still enjoy maximum functionality of your air conditioners and other important gadgets or appliances in your home.

First, let’s talk about some reasons your energy bill ‘hits the roof’ during summer. Your air conditioners will be turned on for many hours every day because of the hot weather. If there are issues such as clogged air filters or vents, the cooling unit will work twice as hard to keep your home cool and comfortable. Unfortunately, more energy will be consumed.

Also, you may need to do the laundry more often because summer is a great time to spend more hours outdoors. However, the heat will leave you with many sweat-stained clothes. Older models of some gadgets such as the thermostat in your home may also make it difficult to manage energy consumption during summer due to poor functionality.

In any case, here are my top tips to help you save more on energy bills this summer;

    1. Install a programmable thermostat

Smart thermostats can be programmed to activate the air conditioners in your home only when you are indoors or a few minutes before you return home. This way you can avoid wasting too much energy by leaving your cooling system turned on to keep the temperature low, even when you are not in your home.

    1. Replace your air filter

A dirty and clogged air filter limits your systems efficiency by drastically restricting the air flow. This causes your system to work harder to cool your home. In addition, a fresh air filter ensures your family is breathing in clean air. 

    1. Set your thermostat to 78°F

The U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat to 78°F during the summer. When you leave your home, you can set it to around 85°F. Raising your thermostat 7-10 degrees when you leave can save you as much as 10% per year.

    1. Schedule a tune-up

Schedule a technician to check that your cooling system is operating as efficiently as possible.

    1. Close blinds and drapes

Keeping blinds and drapes closed on any windows receiving direct sunlight will greatly reduce the amount of heat load coming in to your home. Installing window film is another cheap and simple layer of defense against the summer sun.

    1. Switch to LED lights

Low energy consuming LED lights are perfect for every home. The LED light bulbs can illuminate any space with minimal energy consumption. With LED lights working, you can keep the window blinds down to prevent heat energy from the sun entering into your home, increasing the effectiveness of your air conditioner.

    1. Use your ceiling fan

Ceiling fans can make a room feel 4 degrees cooler. Remember a ceiling fan cools the people in the room, not the room itself. So, don't forget to turn them off when you leave the room.

In conclusion, the summertime doesn't have to mean sky-high power bills. If you start applying the tips you just read, I'm sure you will be thrilled with the results.

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