5 Summer Energy Saving Tips

June 20, 2013

Does your home energy bill look like it sky rockets as soon as the heat rises? Summer doesn't have to mean significantly higher energy bills. If you aren't lucky enough to live in one of Ideal Homes' EnergyAdvantage homes, then here are a few tips to get you through the summer months without breaking the bank. Bump up the Thermostat - Set your thermostat to 78 and use ceiling fans to help circulate the air in the house. This will help keep the cost of air-conditioning your home down. You actually can save 1-3% per every degree you set your thermostat above 72 degrees. Be Smart About Appliance Use - A full fridge doesn't work as hard to stay cool. Microwaves use two thirds less energy than the stovetop. Use the warm or cold setting on your washer to save up to 4%. Try line-drying clothes to save another 5% on your energy bills. And just like a full fridge, a full dishwasher will use less energy because you'll do fewer loads over time. Take Care of Your HVAC System - Change out filters on a regular basis. Keep your outside unit free from dust and debris. Check and make sure there are no leaks in your ductwork. Set all your vents properly and remember cold air sinks, so open them wide on upper levels, and begin to close them down the lower in the house you go. When Not in Use, Turn it Off - Take the time to turn off lights inside and out when not in use. This goes for other appliances too. Computers, stereo systems, TV's and other electronics are a drain to your energy bill. Whenever you can, unplug devices that suck energy. Lower Your Water Heater - 14-25% of your energy bill goes to heating water. Lower the temperature down to 120 degrees and save yourself some energy and some money. Summertime doesn't need to be synonymous with high-energy bills. Think wisely about your energy use and make little changes. Enjoy those dollars you save on cooling your home elsewhere in your summer fun plans with the family.
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