Entry #2760, August 18, 2013
Before the rising temperatures and summertime energy bills start to make you sweat, you might want to take a fresh look at your energy consumption. While there are many ways to shave dollars off your monthly bills, such as upgrading to energy saving appliances or selecting high-grade windows, these are certainly not affordable options. Let’s take a look at how you can easily reduce your summer energy bill without shelling out dollars on home upgrades.
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Just like you use window treatments to keep the heat in during winters, you can also use it to effectively lock the cooling from air conditioner during those warm summer months. Hang heavy window drapes to keep the house cool by not letting in the heat. Also, make sure that windows and walls of your house aren’t leaking air. If so, seal up those leaking areas with weather stripping tape.
Ceiling and window fans
When trying to save money on your electricity bill during summers, it’s sensible to limit the use of air conditioners as much as possible. Fortunately, fans can go a long way to reduce the temperature of your house as well as the units of your utility bill. If you do not have them installed, consider investing in them for long-term benefits. Well placed fans will allow you to set the A.C temperature up to 4 degrees higher due to proper air circulation.
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Turn off the appliances
Yes, this one is old, but the most effective. Turning off those appliances will defiantly save you a lot when done right. It means not just putting your P.C on sleep mode, but completely turning it off. Same goes for other appliances such as television, music system, and other home electronics. Unplug them, for better results. If the weather allows, consider opening the windows and allow the natural light to come in, instead of keeping artificial lights on during the day. All this will help you save 10-20 percent energy on your yearly bill.
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Saving energy on your utility bill is easy if you know where to make cuts. Use these simple and affordable tips to drastically reduce your energy bill and your carbon footprint.
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