If you are looking to cut your electricity bill this summer there are lots of easy tips you can implement to help save a little here and there. No this does not mean sitting in the dark or sweltering without air conditioning ;-). Here are some great no stress ways on how to save on electricity in the summer.
Program your thermostat: If you have a programmable thermostat, use it! It’s a great way to automatically raise the temperature in the house while you are gone and have it automatically go back up before you get home also if your on vacation you can raise the temperature in the house. A programmable thermostat can save up to 10 percent per year from your heating and cooling bills paying for itself within the first year!
Do laundry in cold water: I always do this anyway except for towels and sheets. You can find laundry detergent that cleans just as well with cold water. Running the water heater — for things such as showers, dishwashers and laundry — accounts for about 14 percent of your total power bill.
Skip the “dry” cycle on your dishwasher: Either hand-dry dishes as you put them away, or let evaporation do the work for you. If you have a programmable dishwasher you can set your dishes to wash at night and by morning they will be dry.
Turn off the stove: It’s hot enough outside and the last thing you want to do is heat up your house with the stove or oven. Crockpot cooking in the summer is not only an excellent way to save money but also time. Also make use of your grill – you can cook veggies or pizzas or lots of other items on the grill…get creative!
Turn off your electronics: You might be surprised by how much electricity you use just by having items plugged in even though items are not “on”. This is called vampire electricity and even though the device is off doesn’t mean it’s not slowly pulling electricity. This does not mean you have to go all around unplugging everything simply purchase power strips and turn on the switch on the strip.
Keep the air conditioning at a reasonable setting: It’s tempting to automatically crank up the AC when you get home however fight the temptation and look for other ways to chill when you first come inside. Take a cold shower, have an icy drink, put a cold compress on the back of your neck or change into some cool, absorbent clothes. You will thank yourself when you see those lower bills coming in.
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