7 Tips To Help You Save Energy At Home

by Khaleef Crumbley on June 6, 2013

in Personal Finance

As the weather gets hotter and hotter many of us will begin to turn on our fans, air conditioners, and central cooling systems in an attempt to be comfortable. However, this can get extremely expensive and the need to save energy at home will become even more important.

I have written in the past about enjoying a hot day on a budget, reducing home energy costs, and other home energy management topics (such as the appliances you use). Since my wife and I are trying to get out of debt and we have cut most of our discretionary spending, energy costs are something we spend a good amount of time trying to get under control.

Save Energy at Home

Recently, our home energy provider sent out a list of practical tips for cutting back on energy use at home during the hot summer months. Here are some of their suggestions:

How To Save Energy At Home During The Summer

  • Turn off everything you’re not using, including TVs and computers.
  • If health conditions permit, raise your air conditioner to 78 degrees. You can save 3 to 5 percent on air conditioning costs for each degree you raise the thermostat.
  • Also use fans to circulate air. Portable and ceiling fans use a tenth of the electricity of an air conditioner and can make 78 degrees feel cooler than it actually is.
  • Close blinds, shades and draperies facing the sun to block summer light and help fans and air conditioners cool more efficiently.

A Few More Tips to Save Energy at Home

  • Close doors leading to uncooled parts of your home. If you have central air conditioning, close off vents to unused rooms.
  • Check to ensure that no furniture or other obstacles are blocking ducts or fans, which will enable cooled air to circulate more frequently.
  • Cook and use other heat-generating appliances in the early morning and late evening hours whenever possible.

What are some of the ways that you save energy at home?

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1 Simon Halls

I think insulation can be a great help too. I’m talking about the cheap foamy stuff that can go round windows and doors. This has transformed our place.

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2 Jenny @ Frugal Guru Guide

I can’t stand being in the dark, but we have insulated cellular shades we keep closed in rooms we’re not in.

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3 Khaleef Crumbley

That’s the biggest problem I have with the blackout curtains. It makes the room so dark. The cellular shades still allow light to come in?

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4 Jenny @ Frugal Guru Guide

It depends on the ones you choose. There are insulating translucent and insulating blackout. We have blackout in the bedrooms! All of them are about R-4, which nearly doubles the R-value of the windows.

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5 Khaleef Crumbley

That is good to know. I love the blackouts for keeping out the heat, but I hate the darkness. I’ll look into the translucent ones next time.

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6 Tie the Money Knot

Good tips, and I like the one on making sure ducts/fans aren’t being blocked. Often people arrange a room without thinking of air flow, and such choices can end up costing some money over time!

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7 Khaleef Crumbley

I wonder how often something this simple can save a good amount of money. We definitely paid attention to that when we moved in to our current place.

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8 Brent Pittman

Right now we don’t have an AC, but hope to get a window unit soon. We are just using fans and opening the windows at night until then. We also plan on putting up blackout curtains to help with the sun.

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9 Khaleef Crumbley

I think the blackout curtains were a great investment for us. How hot is it where you live now?

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10 Thomas | Your Daily Finance

I tried the 78 degrees it just doesnt work for us. Right now its summer time the kids are home and the windows in our new home are not energy efficient. I try keeping the fans on and going to the pool as much as possible. We try to use little waste when it comes to water to loads are full and we wash the dishes in the sink instead of the dishwasher. i just read the some if not all dishwashers have a quick wash setting.

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11 Khaleef Crumbley

It is so hard to be energy efficient in the summer, especially with kids (unless they are outside all day). Unfortunately, we just have 1 fan, so if we are both home in different rooms, it can be problematic lol.

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12 Matt Becker

We definitely close doors and use blinds. Like Grayson, we only have a wall AC in our room, so our apartment can get pretty hot. Our ceiling fans don’t seem to require much electricity, but they also don’t do as much as we’d like sometimes.

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13 Khaleef Crumbley

We have these blackout curtains that work very well at keeping out the sun during the day. It was brutal for us when we would only have the bedroom AC on, and then needed to be in other rooms for an extended period. But we didn’t have any ceiling fans.

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14 Joshua Rodriguez

To cool down, we have fan’s on the window seals circulating air at night through the morning. It hasn’t gotten too hot here, yet! Thanks for the tips!

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15 Khaleef Crumbley

We like to have our fan on at night in front of the window as well. it keeps it cool enough as long as there is a night breeze.

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16 KC @ genxfinance

These are effective ways to save. We’ve been trying these at home at they work lie wonders. Our bills have decreased a lot.

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17 Khaleef Crumbley

We are constantly trying to bring down our summer bill, so we always look for tips like these.

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18 Edward Antrobus

We actually set the A/C to 80. I work outside, so, come summer time, 80 degrees in the house feels down-right cool!

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19 Khaleef Crumbley

Wow…I couldn’t imagine keeping it at 80, but it’s your out in the summer heat, I can see how it would be refreshing.

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20 Grayson @ Debt Roundup

My wife and I are huge fans of air conditioning. Unfortunately, our AC unit is too small for our home. We have purchased a window unit just for our room and that works quite well.

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21 Khaleef Crumbley

At our last place, we had a unit in the living room and one in our bedroom and that was it. It was enough for us on most days, but it made working in my office terrible lol.

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22 krantcents

Great points! I would add that it is very important to change your filters on your A/C or heater. You save money and the filters are very inexxpensive.

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23 Khaleef Crumbley

Oh yes, we actually had that come up for us last year. The unit was running very inefficiently, and that was the problem.

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