Hot Weather, Cool Savings
Mastering the Art of Energy Conservation to earn savings on your monthly electric bill.
Extreme summer temperatures can be challenging to beat; however, rather than dialing down the thermostat too much, aim to maintain it no lower than 78 degrees to preserve energy best. Although this might feel excessively warm in sweltering weather, remember that attempting to achieve your desired temperature will result in a higher electric bill since the unit will continually be running.
To conserve money in other areas, take caution when utilizing appliances that produce heat, notably the dryer. Not only does it expel warmth, but it also pulls out cool air from your house. Aim to avoid using the dryer during the hottest periods of the day and shorten the duration of its use. And always remember to clear out the dryer vents and filters, and you can even try drying clothes outdoors.
Next up, gadgets such as stoves and water heaters can make a big impact on your energy bills. Rather than cooking indoors, use the grill on hot days, opt for shorter showers, and let the exhaust fan operate for just long enough to remove moisture.
Extra measures to maintain a chillier atmosphere include:
- Turning off unneeded lights and substituting incandescent bulbs with energy-saving LEDs.
- Running full loads of laundry and dishes. Also, running these at night when it is not quite as warm outside.
- Shutting draperies and blinds.
- Making sure windows and doors are closed tightly.
- Employing fans in the rooms you usually occupy.
Remember, fans produce cool air to aid the body’s natural cooling, but if the room is not occupied, flip the switch and save some money.
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