With summer warmly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about your energy bill – and how you can be the most effective. Remember those times in the winter when you bumped it up a few extra notches? Well, if you did it at the expense of ‘not spending as much in the summer’ it’s now time to put your money where your mouth is.
It’s a lot easier to save on energy bills in the summer, and here are a few tips that will give you easy wins that don’t take a lot of effort.
When you know it’s going to be a hot one, plan ahead when you leave the house. Take 1.5minutes to make sure all your blinds are closed, blocking out the cooking rays of the day. When you get home, open the ones that aren’t getting direct sunlight and prop open those doors and windows.
Plug your leaks!
Have an air conditioner? We know they can sap some power, but sometimes you’ve just gotta turn it on. When you do, get the most out of the energy you’re using and be sure you’ve got a good seal on your windows and doors. A little bit of sealant around window frames can save you as much as 7% on your energy bill! Also, refrain from opening a door to cool off when the AC is running.
The Free Stuff:
Here are a few cool-down techniques that are (nearly) free. Keep this on hand, and your summer should be a lot cooler.
• Drink lots of water (cooler core = cooler you)
• Turn it off when you’re not using it (goes for fans, AC and TVs)
• Minimal oven use (give the baking a rest, unless you’re trying to cook your roommates too!)
Enjoy the summer, and keep those costs low!
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