Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Saving on Summer Energy Costs

As the summer approaches and the heat rises, we will be cranking the air conditioning, and running more water to cool off.  With this comes higher energy costs.  I talk with a lot of homeowners and often get ideas from those who are moving into new homes and looking for ways to save.  Here are a few ideas that may be helpful:

Adjust your thermostat-

Air conditioning costs a fortune, and if it runs around the clock, you can surely expect a huge bill. To reduce the expense, gradually raise the temperature of your thermostat by at least three degrees. Doing so will save you approximately 20 percent on your summer electric bills.

Request a Home Energy Audit

Many power companies can come to your home and perform a home energy audit for free. Providers have to borrow power from other companies at peak usage times in order to meet demands, which cost them a lot of money. Therefore, they have just as much motivation as you do to save energy at home. The audit typically takes about an hour, and the tips and advice provided can help you save a significant amount.

Turn on Ceiling Fans

If you have ceiling fans, utilize them. They cost pennies to run, and by doing so, your air conditioning unit runs more efficiently. If you don't have them, consider installing them—it's a one-time cost that will pay for itself quickly. Just be sure to run your fans counter-clockwise in the summertime, as this draws cooler air upward.

Adjust Your Habits

Typical household duties, such as running the dishwasher or washer and dryer, can significantly heat up your home and run up your electric bill during each use. Consider doing these chores during the early morning or late evening hours to minimize the effect on your cooling bills. Furthermore, only wash full loads of laundry, and only run the dishwasher when it is entirely full. By using these appliances less, you save even more money on your monthly utility bill.

When it comes to saving on energy bills, we can all agree that doing a few simple things can make a big difference and save money.  Do you have any other ideas on how to save on home energy bills?
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