Posted on: Jul 12, 2018
There is plenty on your mind during the summer: high temperatures, social outings, vacation and getting just the right tan. High electricity costs should be the last thing on your mind. If climate trends continue, you will have to operate your air conditioner that much more this summer. If the temperatures are especially high, you and your family will spend more time indoors using electronics. The result will be a higher electricity bill. Here is a look at some helpful strategies to save energy this summer.
Fans are Your Friend
There is no sense turning on the air conditioning when the temperature is in the high 70s or low 80s. Set up fans, or install ceiling fans and it will be that much easier to keep your home cool without running up a high electricity bill. Positioning a portable fan in or near an open window will help distribute the cool breeze throughout your home.
Use Your Thermostat Carefully
Set your thermostat between 78 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit to keep your energy bills in check. Each degree above 72 equates to an additional 3 percent increase in cooling costs. If you plan on being away from your home for more than a couple hours, set your thermostat at 80 degrees or slightly higher. It might even be prudent to turn the air conditioner off in such instances unless you have a pet in the home. Invest in a smart thermostat, and it will adjust to the proper temperature on your behalf.
Block Out the Sun to Save Energy
The blazing hot sun will shine through your windows and increase your energy bill that much more. Sunlight warms your home to the point that it is necessary to turn on the air conditioning more frequently than you should. Close your blinds in the afternoon when the sun is at its peak.
Trap Cool Air Inside
Crack your windows at night to enjoy a cool breeze while sleeping. This approach is much cheaper than paying to use the air conditioner. Close the windows after you wake up to trap the cool air inside.
Shade Your Home With Trees
Install tall trees near your home to save energy. These trees will block the sun’s hot rays and keep your home cool. Even vines and shrubs will help keep the blazing hot sun off your home’s roof, windows and walls.