As summer temperatures escalate, many homeowners find their energy bills following the same pattern. Air conditioners are cranking away at full blast, sending energy bills through the roof. Here are several ways to reduce your electricity usage and improve the overall energy efficiency in your home — without busting your budget:
- Close your shades when you aren’t at home.
The air-conditioning unit won’t have to work as hard to maintain cool temperatures if direct sunlight is being blocked during the day.
- Unplug electronic devices like televisions, cell phone chargers and microwaves when not in use.
Plug electronic devices into a power strip that can be turned off to decrease the standby power for appliances not in use.
- Use a programmable thermostat.
Set your thermostat to raise or lower the temperature automatically when you’re not home. Adjusting settings to allow higher daytime temperatures can cut the average electric bill by around $180 a year, according to Energy Star. Mitsubishi Electric offers several programmable options.
- Wash your clothes in cold water.
Ninety percent of the energy used by a top-loading washing machine is for heating water. By turning the dial to cold, you are lowering the costs to heat the water.
- Use fans for cooling
A breeze makes a room feel cooler, which reduces the need for air-conditioning.
- Clean or replace the filter in your air conditioning system.
Dirt and dust can obstruct air flow, which reduces efficiency of your air conditioning system. Energy Star recommends cleaning your filters once a month, but even once a year can make a difference in your bills.
- Install a solar-powered attic ventilator.
Models like the BROAN® Solar Powered Attic Ventilator can help keep an attic cooler in the summer, which saves you money on your energy bill and can extend the life of your air conditioner and roof.
With these simple and cost-effective ways to reduce your energy bill, you will never have to panic again when you see your bill in the mail. By incorporating some of these easy changes into your home this summer, you can spend less money on your energy bills and create more room in your budget for fun summer activities.