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When the scorching summer months finally get here, everyone seems to have more of a smile on their face and a spring in their step. Perhaps you have a family vacation planned, or are simply looking forward to the longer days, which means you can have more time set aside for relaxing by the backyard pool or spending a few hours barbecuing succulent meals for your friends. As soon as summer arrives, the possibilities for fun and frolics seem never-ending!
No matter what you and your family have planned this summer, one of the shortcomings of the hot weather is that the rising temperatures cause rising utility costs. As rooms around your household get warmer, the natural response is to turn on the ceiling fans and whack up the A/C. And if it’s a particularly hot summer, that enjoyable spring in your step will probably vanish completely when you see your electric bill! However, by adopting the following tips, you might be able to minimize the amount of energy you utilize, which will hopefully lead to an electric bill you’re happier to see.
To Crock Pot or Not? – If you think about the major appliances around your home, one of the easiest ways to heat up the kitchen (as well as the rest of the house) is to use the oven. This is sometimes a bit of a pain, because you want to cook a tasty afternoon meal, but without making the temperatures soar and getting the windows all steamed up! It’s obviously impractical to open the windows if you live in a sun-drenched state such as Arizona, California or Texas, so what other choices do you have? A good alternative is to use a slow cooker. Not only do they use less energy and minimize heat production, but who needs an excuse to break out a crock pot and cook the family a delicious pulled-pork sandwich or a tasty batch of quadruple chocolate chip brownies?!
Cold Water Laundry - When doing the laundry, choose cold water as opposed to using the hot water selection. Furthermore, make sure that you are doing a full load instead of doing just a few things that can wait; while it is obviously a bad idea to overload a washer or dryer with too many clothes, it’s also counterproductive to fill it only halfway.
Drape, Drape, Drape – If you have big windows at the sides of your house, it’s a good idea to buy blinds or curtains, or possibly even hanging up a few heavy drapes or sheets, so you can decrease rays from the glaring sun.
Unplugging - Unplug electronic devices as soon as they have completed their charge, and take electrical plugs out of the wall whenever you are not using TVs, DVD players, laptops, desktop computers, and so on. In addition, hit the OFF button instead of simply hitting STANDBY.
Switch Out Your Light Bulbs – With extended sunlight hours during the summer, it stands to reason that you’ll need to use the lights in your household much less. This means that, for at least three months, you will only be utilizing light bulbs for the bare minimum amount of time. As such, make the switch at the beginning of the season from normal 60- or 100-watt light bulbs to compact fluorescents, which will save you money in the long run.
Cooling an Empty House? – Granted, no-one wants to leave the warmth outside and then get hit by searing inside air when they enter the house. However, if you take the time to calculate how much money you lose if you leave the A/C on high when you leave for work in the morning, you’ll probably be really surprised at the amount of funds you waste. If you’re actively trying to curb your expenses, install a programmable thermostat timer and ensure you use the energy saver option as much as possible.
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