Between hanging out at the pool and taking family road trips, it’s tough to beat summertime. If there’s one downside of the summer months, however, it’s that energy bills tend to get a bit higher as the weather warms up. Luckily, we’re here to help! This post will cover some of the top tips for summer energy savings:
- Adjust your thermostat: Although living in an ice-cold home can feel nice when the outside temperature reaches 100 degrees, that can get expensive. Save two to three percent on your electric bill by raising the temperature just one degree.
- Turn off appliances and lights: Be sure to turn the lights off when you leave a room, and always turn your appliances off after you’re done using them. This is one of our easiest energy-saving tips that can save a bundle all year long.
- Utilize ceiling fans: Even well-maintained ACs can hog up a lot of electricity. To help offset that high cost, run ceiling fans throughout your home. If you need to install new fans, be sure to call our team at Wilkinson Electric Inc.
- Close the blinds: Direct sunlight coming in through your windows can significantly raise your home’s temperature, especially if the windows are south facing. Be sure to close your blinds and draw your curtains to block that sunlight.
- Cook outside: One of our favorite tips for summer energy savings is grilling out instead of cooking inside your kitchen. Grilling uses zero energy, saving you big bucks all season long. Plus, you won’t have to crank the AC to cool down a steamy kitchen.
- Use the microwave: If you don’t have a grill, cook your meals in the microwave instead of your stove or oven. Microwaves use 30 percent less electricity than a stove, and they won’t heat up your kitchen. The energy savings might seem small at first, but it all adds up after a while.
- Purchase Energy Star products: Buying new appliances isn’t always cheap, but investing in new appliances and lightbulbs with Energy Star ratings can do wonders to reduce your electric bill each month. After a few years, your new appliances will pay for themselves.
- Wash your clothes in cold water: Keeping your clothes clean is a must, but there’s no reason to use hot water when you toss them in the washing machine. Cold or warm water uses far less energy than hot, and those settings work just as well.
- Line dry clothes: Your dryer is convenient, but it’s also a big energy waster! Instead of using the dryer for each laundry load, line dry your clothes outside.
- Consider solar panels: While it’s still not exactly cheap, installing residential solar panels is less expensive than ever. In addition to saving hundreds on your electric bill throughout the year, you may qualify for rebates or tax credits.
Stay cool this summer by calling Wilkinson Electric Inc.
In addition to teaching you our energy-saving tips, our team can help keep you comfortable all season long by installing ceiling fans or making a variety of electrical upgrades and repairs around the house. Give us a call today to learn more about all of our residential services.
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