It’s only the first half of August, which means we are likely still in for some hot days ahead. Utility bills can get expensive this time of year, so here’s a few tips to help save you money:
- Avoid cooking in your oven. Why? Well it’s pretty simple; your oven will heat your entire house! A great alternative (and more fun in my opinion) is grilling! Almost anything that can be cooked in the oven can be cooked on a grill. If you don’t have a grill, use the stovetop, microwave or toaster oven.
- Turn off your ceiling fans when you’re gone. There’s no reason to leave your ceiling fans run while you’re gone, as ceiling fans only circulate air, not actually cool the air. When you’re home, they are great to get a little air movement though!
- Check your refrigerator and freezer temperatures. Your refrigerator should be set between 37 and 40 degrees, and your freezer at 5 degrees. Any colder, and you’re wasting energy!
- Draw the shades. I like most people love to have the shades open to let the natural light through. But, on those bright, sunny, hot days, you’re probably letting a lot of heat in through your open shades as well. Keep the shades down on the sunny parts of your house during the day. It may be a little more gloomy, but it’s sure to keep your house cool!
- Make sure your A/C is running efficiently. It’s a good idea to have your A/C serviced once a year, to make sure it’s running properly. It is absolutely NECESSARY to change the filter in your A/C AT LEAST once a year, if not more often. If your A/C isn’t running at it’s full potential, your likely wasting a lot of money trying to cool off your house.
- Turn the A/C down if you’re leaving for several days. Going to be gone for more than a day? Turn your thermostat up before you leave. Many thermostats can even be programmed to be turned back down automatically on a timer, so that you can have your home cooled off again before you return home.
- Keep the door shut. It’s like when your mom use to tell you “don’t you kids know how to shut the lights off when you’re not in a room?” Except this time, it’s coming in and out of the house quickly. That hole that your door is covering is large, and can let an enormous amount of heat in and cold air out in a very short period of time. If you’re carrying groceries inside when it’s hot, take a couple trips instead of leaving the door propped open. When letting your dog in or out, make sure they are ready to come in or out before opening the door, so that you don’t have to sit there waiting on them.
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