Summer is a wonderful time of year. I know I love it. I hate the cold, so I try not to complain too much about the summer heat, that is except when it comes to my electric bill. I’m always looking for ways to save electricity in the summer, so I thought I’d pass on these 24 easy tips to you.
Ways to Save Electricity in the Summer
I used to live on the beach in Florida. I loved it, but boy oh boy did it get hot in the summer.
I didn’t have a lot of money, so I did what I could to keep my electric bill as low as possible.
Here are some of the best ideas I came up with.
They should work for you as well.
1. Close blinds/drapes when it is sunny out.
Personally, I don’t like sitting in a dark house, but it does make sense to close your blinds when the sun is blazing outside. It will help reduce your energy costs.
2. Wait until dusk to start using appliances.
If you’re going to do anything that requires an appliance, do it after dark. Yes, you will still be using the same amount of energy, but it won’t heat the house up as much which will help lower your costs.
3. Use a fan when it is hot in your house instead of an air conditioner.
If it’s not blistering hot outside, try using a fan instead of turning the a/c on.
To make it even cooler, but a bowl of ice in front of the fan and the air will be cooler.
Ceiling fans are great, but turn them off when you’re not in the room. They don’t actually make the room cooler it just feels like it is because the air is moving.
If you’re not in the room to feel the air moving there is no reason to have the ceiling fan on.
4. Unplug devices that are not being used.
Even if you aren’t using the device and it is off, if it is still plugged in, it is using electricity. That includes your computer, printer, and so on.
5. Drink lots of water to help your body cool down.
If you stay hydrated, you will feel cooler. Also, you’re less likely to get heatstroke.
6. Close doors in rooms that will not be used for periods of time.
This is especially true if you are using window air conditioners in the summer.
There’s no reason to cool off a room you are not using.
Turn any window air conditioners in the bedrooms off during the day and keep the doors closed.
You can turn them on about a half-hour before you go to bed and your room should be cool enough.
Then turn the air conditioners off in the living room when you’re in bed and so on.
7. Turn your A/C up to 78 degrees F.
78 degrees might be a little high for some people, but the point is to turn your a/c up a couple of degrees higher than you normally would.
Personally, I keep mine warmer during the day and then turn it down when I am trying to sleep.
I also use a fan at night when sleeping.
8. Wear clothing that breaths.
You’ll want to wear light-colored clothing made from natural fabrics.
That includes cotton, linen, and silk.
You’ll feel cooler.
If you live in a hot area that has low humidity such as the desert you’ll actually feel cooler when you’re outside wearing long sleeves and lightweight pants instead of short sleeves and shorts.
9. Plant shade trees around your house.
If you own your own home, be sure to plant trees that will give your house some shade.
It will take a while for them to grow, but once they do, they will help reduce your electrical costs in the summer.
10. Turn up your A/C unit if you expect to be gone for an extended period of time.
If you work outside your home, be sure to turn the temperature on your a/c up during the day when no one is home.
There’s no reason to keep an empty house super cool.
11. Lower the temperature on your water heater.
During the summer months, you should think about lowering the temperature on your water heater. You don’t need to water quite as warm as you would in the winter.
12. Wash your clothes with cold water.
You might think you need hot water to clean your clothes and kill germs, but you don’t.
Using cold water will save you money and your clothes will be just as clean and germ-free as if they were cleaned in hot water.
13. Line Dry Your Clothes
If you have a place to hang your clothes do so.
Skip the dryer. It will help keep your home cooler in the summer and it will save you some electricity costs.
Even if you don’t have a line in your yard, consider getting a drying rack to use inside.
14. Only cook after dark.
Keep the oven off until later in the day.
It will help keep your kitchen and home cooler.
15. Use a toaster oven instead of your regular oven to cook.
If you can fix your meal in a toaster oven instead of your regular oven you’ll save money and your house will be cooler.
16. Close up any cracks or openings in your home
Cracks in your home could cause cold air to seep out and hot air to find its way inside (like windows, doors, and attics). This will help prevent cold weather from seeping inside in the winter as well and keep your A/C unit in the summer from having to work as hard.
17. Buy new windows.
Most of the energy loss in your home is through the windows and doors.
So, if you have an older home with old windows and doors do what you can to replace them.
18. Save up enough money that you can purchase a new, energy-efficient HVAC.
A new HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system for your home will more than pay for itself in the long run with all of the money that you will save on your power bill month in and month out because your A/C unit was not energy-efficient.
I just got a new heating/cooling system for my home.
It isn’t an HVAC. Instead, they are what’s called mini-splits.
I love them, but they weren’t cheap. In fact, they cost me $21,000 dollars.
Even so, they are state-of-the-art and save me money over the 50-year-old boiler and window air conditioners I had.
I’m seeing monthly savings between $50 and $70 dollars on my heat bill.
19. Change the filters on a regular basis
Check your manufacturer’s specifications for your heating and cooling unit to determine the best times to change your filters.
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20. Buy energy-efficient appliances.
This goes for ovens, fridges, and washers and dryers.
21. Hire a professional to check your ducts.
You want to make sure that they are sealed properly and that the insulation in them is still intact.
22. Pay attention to the rebates or tax incentives.
There are rebates and tax incentives provided by your state or city for energy-efficient appliances and HVAC systems. Be sure to ask about them when you buy a new unit. You might get a few hundred dollars back.
23. Buy additional insulation
You’ll use it to seal up areas of your home that do not have insulation already built into them already (like floors, walls, ceilings, and attics).
24. Turn off electronics when leaving a room.
This includes turning off lights when not using a room as well.
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To Sum it All Up:
There are many ways you can save money on your electric bill during the summer months. Just follow a few of these tips and you could see hundreds of dollars in savings.