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.
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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