Start Saving This Summer with These Energy Tips

Start Saving This Summer with These Energy Tips

Summer weather brings an increase in energy use and higher electric bills across the country, particularly with rising temperatures due to climate change. With simple planning and a few easy changes, you can make significant energy reductions and save on your electric bill. Here are some energy tips to lower your electric bill this summer and beyond.

Use your windows to regulate temperature.

Close your window coverings when there’s direct sunlight. When it cools off at night, slightly crack your window or open your blinds to help heat escape. Controlling your blinds properly can help save on cooling, which is one of the biggest energy consumers in your home.

Use fans with your A/C.

Use fans instead of air-conditioning, or run your air conditioner at a higher temperature paired with a fan to maintain the same level of comfort. Fans use only a fraction of an air conditioner’s energy.

Replace your air filters.

Air filters can get clogged with allergens and dust, making your heating and cooling system work harder and waste energy. Changing the filters regularly can lower your utility bill.

Get a smart thermostat.

A smart thermostat offers more control over your home’s temperature and climate than a manual thermostat. Over time, a smart thermostat can help you keep money in your wallet by learning your routines and automatically adjusting your energy usage without your even lifting a finger.

Upgrade to an induction cooktop.

Induction and electric cooktops use less energy than gas stoves and have other healthy home benefits, such as safety, lower climate impact, and better indoor air quality. Electric and induction cooktops also produce less ambient heat in your home so that you spend less energy on fans and air-conditioning.

Use electricity during off-peak hours.

If you’re on a Time-of-Use rate, take advantage of lower electricity prices during off-peak hours. Running appliances like your washer and dryer, dishwasher, and air conditioner outside 4−9 p.m. is a simple way to reduce your electricity bill.

Replace light bulbs.

Replacing old light bulbs is an easy fix to save energy in your home. LED light bulbs use significantly less energy and last longer than incandescent or CFL light bulbs, saving you money on your monthly bill.

Unplug appliances.

Unplug appliances or use a power strip with an on/off switch to combat vampire appliances that drain energy even when they are turned off. Barring that, turn off appliances when you aren’t using them.

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