As temperatures rise for the summer, energy bills tend to increase as well. However, there are simple ways to reduce energy use while also fighting the hot summer heat.
5 ways to beat the heat:
- Use ceiling fans. By circulating the air in a room and creating a breeze, you can raise the thermostat about 4 degrees without sacrificing comfort. However, be sure to turn off the fan when you leave the room, as ceiling fans work by keeping you cool and will not keep temperatures down throughout the house.
- Grill outside. Cooking meals on the grill is a great way to get the family outdoors without heating up the house. Using an outdoor grill instead of cooking in the oven not only reduces the heat inside, but also saves electricity buy reducing appliance use.
- Turn up the thermostat when you’re on vacation. The closer the temperature inside your house is to the temperature outside, the less money you’ll spend on energy bills. According to the Department of Energy, you can save as much as 10 percent a year on heating and cooling simply by turning your thermostat back 7-10 degrees for 8 hours a day from its normal setting. Consider a programmable thermostat which allows you to set and adjust when the AC comes on.
- Use windows wisely. Opening the windows on cool nights is a no-cost way to reduce temperatures in your home while enjoying the season. However, when the summer sun starts to heat up, be sure to close the windows. Curtains and blinds can also help reduce temperatures inside by blocking some of the hot sunlight.
- Replace air filters regularly. Air filters should be replaced at least every three months, according to the EPA. Old air filters can reduce air flow, which makes your air conditioning system work harder (read: cost more) to cool the house.
The environment and your wallet will soon be thanking you!