While the hotter weather is a sign of summer and vacation skies, there could be an increase in your electric bill, and no one enjoys seeing that increase.
Many often wonder why their electric bill increases so much throughout the summer months, and the answer is simple- most of us in summer months need all the AC and air we can get from the hot outdoors. Not only does the hot weather make you want to stay inside, but kids are also off of school due to summer break for 3 months.
- Upgrade/Lower Your Thermostat
Upgrading to a programmable thermostat will give you the option to control the temperature of your house from your smartphone. By setting your thermostat to around 78F degrees when you are home, you could save up to 10 percent on your electric bill.
- Practice Smart Lighting Habits
When you are not home, it is essential to keep lights turned off when you can. It also helps to get into the habit of turning the lights off when you leave a room. Switching your light bulbs can help make a huge difference in conserving energy. LED light bulbs use 75% less energy and tend to last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
- Conserve in The Laundry Room
Not only do the washer and dryer use energy to operate, but they both use heat. In an effort to keep cost down, try to use both applications as little as possible. By washing in cold water, you will reduce the amount of heat needed to make the washer run. It will also help to hang your laundry to dry if you can.
- Keep Unused Electronics Unplugged
Standby power refers to the energy used by devices even when they appear to be off. You can use surge protectors to easily turn off all electronics at once. On average, standby power accounts for a household energy cost of $100 a year. Even if you do not think a device is using energy, it is best to keep it unplugged when it is not in use.
- Take Advantage of the Sun’s Natural Heat
When the sun is out, keep the drapes closed. Even if it does not seem like it is adding a significant amount of heat, it is helping to reduce the amount of heat you need to feel comfortable. When the sun goes down, you are welcome to open the drapes with no consequences, but during the day, closing them helps immensely.
These tips can help to make sure you keep your electric bill under control during the hot summer months.