Energy bills can reach astronomical amounts when the summer temps hit.
Add to the high temps the fact that the kids might be home watching more TV, playing more video games, and leaving the door open as they run in and out of the house all day, and you might be one of the many families who note an increase in energy costs during the summer months.
And, while you’re unlikely to get your kids to close the door behind them every time without yelling yourself crazy, there are some things you can do to help cut costs.
5 Easy Ways to Save on Home Energy in the Summer
Adjust the thermostats
Air conditioning can cost a lot, but turning your thermostat up a few degrees can make a huge difference in cost. By turning it up 3 or more degrees you can save about 20% on your summer electric bill. If you’re not home most of the day anyway, this is a great way to save a little cash. Feel free to turn it down when you get home -no reason to feel guilty about wanting to cool down.
Turn on ceiling fans
Ceiling fans can help circulate the the cool air from the air conditioning throughout the house and create a little breeze. Make sure your fan is running counter-clockwise so the air is directed downward to keep you cool.
Open and close windows
If it is cool at night where you live you can open the windows to let the cool air in, so you can give the AC a break during the night. But make sure to close them before it starts to get hot out during the day.
Keep your blinds and curtains closed
When your blinds and curtains are open the sunlight gets in and heats up the room. Save on your AC bill by keeping them closed during the day to keep the room cool.
If you have cracks or openings in your home this can both allow cool air to escape and let hot air sneak in. Seal these holes with caulk or weatherstripping to stop the cool air from leaking out and warm air from sneaking in. This will help regulate the temperature in your home greatly and keep you from constantly adjusting your thermostat.