Summer nights and sunny days are wonderful, but the warm weather has already started taking its toll on our energy bills. Retail Energy Providers like IDT Energy know that when the temperature rises, there are several simple ways to minimize energy use both at home and in the office.
Freshome.com recently compiled a list of ten tips that will help you conserve energy and keep your monthly costs at a minimum:
- Replace your air conditioning unit if it’s outdated. Many older units are less effective, and use more electricity than necessary today.
- Minimize your oven use. Instead, cook with a microwave, toaster oven or on an outdoor grill. This will keep your interiors cooler, reducing the strain on your air conditioner. Smaller appliances like microwaves also cook food faster while using less electricity.
- Use an automated thermostat instead of setting the temperature manually. Keep your house warmer when no one is home.
- Keep the hot sun out of your home by closing blinds or drapes. Open your windows at night in order to let the cooler air circulate, and close them before the midday heat.
- Use a ceiling fan to give your air conditioning a rest. These will help circulate the cool air without using much energy.
- Take shorter, cooler showers to conserve heating energy and minimize water use.
- Replace your incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent ones. These use less energy, and last significantly longer.
- Maintain your air conditioning unit by servicing it regularly. Make sure to keep the air filters clean, and have a professional check the system at least once a year.
- Check the seals of your central air conditioning pipes. Have a professional examine the connections, vents and pipes to make sure the cool air is properly circulating inside your home.
- Spend time outdoors! Take advantage of the clear weather to go for hikes and picnics, and keep cool by swimming at your local pool or visiting a nearby lake or beach.
By using energy responsibly, you can save money, protect our planet and keep your family comfortable and safe! Do you have any good summer savings tips to recommend?