Opening up the electricity bill at the peak of summer can be as painful as a sunburn. But it doesn’t have to be! There are simple solutions for each room of your home that can add up to big savings. Grab a popsicle and a lawn chair and browse these breezy changes you can start making today to cut down on energy costs.
- A cold shower, even for just a few minutes, will jumpstart your morning and slow down your hot water use.
- Try a timer to keep showers short, or take a bath—they use less hot water than a shower.
- Keep hot water pipes and the hot water heater well insulated to avoid unnecessary heat loss.
- Cook on the grill instead of turning the heat up on your oven, you’ll be surprised at the variety of recipes that go beyond burgers and hotdogs.
- Hand wash your dishes (it’s therapeutic to slow down, right?).
- When not handwashing, turn off the dishwasher after a cleaning cycle, let those dishes air dry.
- Use your “efficiency” cycle on the dishwasher if there is one, and turn down the hot water setting.
The Laundry Room:
- Air dry any garments that you can, even better if you can do it outside for that authentic breezy scent.
- Wash only with full loads, or adjust the water level for smaller ones.
- Use cold instead of hot water.
- Don’t neglect the lent trap, a well running dryer is an efficient one.
- Keep the door and the registers closed in rooms you aren’t using, don’t pay to cool an empty room.
- Program your thermostat to start cooling to your desired temperature shortly before you plan on returning from work.
- Maintenance your furnace and outside unit before the start of summer, a professional will ensure it’s ready to run efficiently before the heat gets stifling.
Budget for Upgrades:
- Updating your appliances can be pricey, but is a great investment in future energy bills.
- A well-insulated garage, attic, and basement help to keep the heat out and the cooler temperatures in.
- Don’t shy away from the more expensive lightbulbs, they last longer and are more efficient than the cheaper variety.