As temperatures continue to rise, so too can your energy bills. With a few simple steps, you can keep cool and lower your expenses. Use these tips to save on your utilities during the hottest days of summer.
Give the air conditioner a break and use a fan whenever possible.
Close vents in rooms you aren’t using to avoid wasting energy cooling unoccupied areas of your home.
Turn off lights and keep blinds closed during peak hours of sunshine.
Unplug devices when not in use. Even if the switch is turned off, the outlet is still using energy.
Schedule regular AC inspections to maintain efficiency. Annual maintenance can help you save on costly repairs down the line.
Wash laundry in cold water. Heating water is costly and uses extra electricity. Try the cold cycle and consider line drying your clothes.
Check your insulation and seal off drafty doors and windows where cool air could leak out.
Use a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature when you are home and away.
Avoid using the oven as much as possible. Prepare more no-cook meals or use an outside grill.
If you’re looking for even more ways to save, get creative and think about other areas of your budget where you can cut back. For instance, ditch cable and spend more time outdoors, visit the library to escape the heat and check out books or movies for free, or plan a “staycation” and avoid costly travel expenses.