We all love summertime. Boating, lake sunsets, pool adventures and lazy weekend mornings. That said, summertime can also bring extra expenses and home energy increases.
Here are some ways to save a little money and household energy this summer:
Manage the pool. Save energy by reducing the operating time of your pool filter and automatic cleaning sweep to four to five hours, and only during off-peak time.
Fill the dishwasher. Conserve water by skipping washing dishes by hand; use the dishwasher. Save additional energy by selecting the air dry option.
Cook efficiently. Have a quick warm-up? Use the microwave. It uses two-thirds less energy than your stove.
Program the thermostat. Be efficient with your home cooling by programming the thermostat for higher temps when you’re not at home and when you’re sleeping. Use ceiling fans to circulate the air and allow for your thermostat to be higher. (It’s been shown that you save one to three percent per degree, for each degree the thermostat is set above 72 degrees).
Save energy at the outlets. Turn off appliances and lights when not in use. Unplug chargers, televisions, appliances and such when not in use. (Most new electronics use electricity even when turned “off”).
Be smart with laundry. Use cold water settings as much as possible. When you have to use the dryer, run full loads and use the setting that detects moisture (rather than the number of minutes) to use less energy.
Replace air filters. Running the A/C all summer creates the need for clean filters. Dirty air filters restrict the airflow and can cause inefficiencies in the system, with your air conditioner running longer and using more energy. Replace air filters monthly.
Install weather stripping. No matter the season, leaky windows and doors that need weather stripping or caulk cause air and energy loss. Fill the gaps.
Choose smart products. If you’re replacing appliances, home heating and cooling products, windows, doors or kitchen appliances, look at ENERGY STAR® products which are proven to be cost-effective and energy saving investments for your home.
Have a great summer and save some energy and money too!