What’s not to love about summer? Family vacations, school’s out for the kids, summer Fridays for some of the working world, cookouts; the list goes on. It’s not until mid-summer that we remember one thing that’s not so great about summertime: our energy bills skyrocket!
Research shows that each year more than $11 billion is spent air conditioning homes in the U.S. And with two-thirds of all U.S. homes equipped with air conditioning units, there’s a lot of room for everyone to save some money on energy costs.
Articles always circulate the internet about how you can save on your cooling costs in the summer. We’ve all heard the basic and sometimes costly advice from experts about ways to reduce energy usage. So we compiled some of our favorite simple, inexpensive and out-of-the-box ways to save on summer utility bills from sources like Energy.gov and Lifehack.org.
- Cook outdoors on warm days. Don’t heat up the inside of your home and cause your AC system to work longer or harder than it needs to. Fire up the grill and keep the heat outdoors.
- Keep TVs and lamps away from the thermostat. The heat emitted from these electronics and lights tells the thermostat to run longer and harder than is actually needed in the room.
- Turn on the bathroom fan. When showering and steaming up the bathroom, make sure you’ve flipped the switch on the bathroom fan. This will remove the heat and humidity from your home.
- Use the ceiling fan, turn down the AC. A ceiling fan allows you to raise the thermostat setting by 4° without jeopardizing comfort.
- Leave the room – turn off the ceiling fan. If there’s no one in the room benefitting from the wind-chill effect then turn it off. A constantly running ceiling fan could add as much as $7 to your monthly bill.
- Replace air filters. This isn’t a new tip but it’s a quick and relatively inexpensive tip that will help you save in the summer.
- Hang energy efficient curtains. Keeping the sun out will keep the heat out. Be sure to hang these in the sunniest spots in your home.
Apply these tips to your home this summer and track your energy savings compared to previous summers. We think you’ll like what you find and we know you’ll enjoy spending your savings on your favorite summertime activity.