As the weather starts to turn hot, hot, hot, it’s time to think about becoming more energy efficient around your home to help lower summer energy bills.
Did you know that it takes more energy to keep a space cool for an extended period of time than it does to keep it warm? In the summer months when air conditioners are constantly running, this high demand creates strain on the electricity grid. And during peak hours of electricity use, energy prices can increase. For these reasons, most people experience high electricity bills in the summertime.
Optimizing air conditioner use is the best place to start when it comes to being energy efficient—and saving money—in summer. Here are some easy ways to get the most from your AC:
Direct sunlight shining into your home can cause it to heat up quickly. Before you turn your air conditioner on, try closing your curtains and blinds during the day to cool your home.
If you need to keep a room bright but cool, simply tilt the blinds to redirect the light toward the ceiling. Since heat rises, it will stay toward the ceiling while you enjoy the cooler air below.
Refrigerators can be major power consumers, but there are several ways to help keep costs down:
When you leave electronics plugged in but don’t use them, they still use electricity. Known as phantom power, phantom load and vampire power, this standby power consumption typically accounts for 5% to 10% of a home’s electricity bill.
You can outsmart these vampires by:
By implementing some of these tips for saving energy in summer, as well as year-round energy-saving tips, you can make your home more energy efficient and help reduce your electricity bill.