Warmer temperatures are coming. Are you prepared for increased utility costs? Here are some tips to save money on your utilities as days get longer and warmer.
Is it a beautiful day outside with a nice breeze? Consider opening your windows and letting in the cooler air instead of running the air conditioner. Don’t forget to use your ceiling fans as well to circulate the air.
Is the sun beating down and warming up one side of your house more than the other? Consider closing your windows and curtains in those rooms to keep the rooms cooler.
Did you know that heat can also build up from your appliances? Consider using the grill instead of the oven on hot days. Make sure you only run your dishwasher and washing machines with full loads as well!
Have you switched to a programmable thermostat? The cost is minimal compared to the money you will save. You’ll set the controls for when you want the house warmer or cooler.
Don’t forget the basic energy-saving tips, such as turning off lights when you leave a room, and using energy-efficient light bulbs. Turn off unused appliances that continue to drain energy. This can include small appliances and gadgets, entertainment devices, and computer equipment. If you can’t remember to turn them all off individually, consider using a power strip for them.
Take the time to have your air-conditioning unit checked each year and your filters changed monthly to help your unit run efficiently. Additionally, make sure any landscaping around your outside unit is kept neat and trimmed properly so it doesn’t interfere with the AC unit’s operation. If you are looking to replace your AC, make sure it is the proper size for your house.
If you use a window air conditioner unit, place it on the side of the house with the most shade. As with any appliance you are replacing, review the energy efficiency ratings.