8 Energy Saving Tips for Summer

We’re all trying to pinch a dollar here and there. As my mom always said, a dollar saved is a dollar earned. So here are 10 ways to save some dollars this summer.

  1. Do your laundry in cold water and clean your dryer filter after each use. This saves energy and isn’t such a fire hazard. Research has shown that cleaning your clothes in cold water is not different than cleaning them in warm or hot water.
  2. Set your water to 120°F. This should be plenty hot for you.
  3. Change your furnace filter once a month. If you’re like me, I can never remember to do this, so I put a reminder on my phone that keeps track of it for me and reminds me when to do it.
  4. Run your dryer and dishwasher at night, this will decrease indoor heat. Also, try to avoid using your oven, instead use your microwave, toaster oven or grill if possible.
  5. Unplug any appliances or electronics you’re not using. An easy way to do this is use a power strip to plug things in. They usually have an on/off switch that makes this super easy.
  6. Ceiling fans are a very cheap way to keep you cool.
  7. Turn your A/C to 78° when you’re home, or as high as you can. When you’re gone turn it up to 85°. Think about getting a programmable thermostat so it does the work for you. If you’re like me I like to be cool when I sleep so during the day I turn my A/C up and at night I turn it down.
  8. Install window film. This is a pretty inexpensive way to really reduce your energy consumption. The added benefits are that it helps to eliminate hot spots and reduces UV rays.

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