When the mercury rises, energy bills shoot up. That’s pretty natural, but too big a spike in your energy bills in summer can offset your budget. Here are some pretty smart ways to shave a considerable amount off your energy costs this summer.
Seal each and every crack
Cracks in the house can literally leak money in summers, as they make air conditioners less effective. No wonder then, a recent report states that leaks in the house increase electricity bills by 15 to 30 percent. So, get hold of some weather-stripping and caulk and seal all the cracks and leaks as soon as possible.
According to a report, not using fans can see you spending as much as $438 more on electricity bills. Take the cue, and turn on the fans in the house.
Use your oven, dishwasher, clothes dryers, etc. at night
All these appliances generate heat. So, if you use them during the day when outside temperature is high, your AC will have to work extra hard to keep the rooms cool, resulting in higher energy bill.
Use cold water to wash laundry
Why do you need hot water to wash laundry? Cold water is perfectly suitable for washing clothes. In fact, for certain clothes, it is a better choice than warm weather. According to a report, using cold water in place of hot water for washing clothes can save about $150 a year.
Replace air filters every month
When air filters are dirty, the AC becomes less efficient and eats up more energy. That is why it is always a good idea to replace air filters, which restrict airflow, frequently. Experts believe replacing filters once a month is a good practice and helps AC work most efficiently.
This is a no-brainer. But many don’t follow it, usually either out of forgetfulness or laziness. Unplugging electronics when not in use can help you save $100 or more every year.
It all boils down to habit. Just switch off the power button when an appliance is needlessly plugged in and soon you will start doing so automatically. Encourage your family members to do the same.
Use light bulbs smartly
Did you know you can save up to $274 by turning off light bulb that you are not using? Not only this, using compact fluorescents in place of ten light bulbs of 60-watt saves about $120 a year.
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