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When the heat of summer hits, temperatures are not the only thing that can increase. Your utility bill can too. Trying to manage your summer utility costs can be a difficult task, especially when your kids are home for summer break. To help you manage utility costs, we’ve put together a list of simple and highly effective savings tips to help you through the summer. Plus, consider one of the family friendly summer outings below for an educational and environmentally friendly good time!
Spend your Summer Saving
- Set your thermostat on 78⁰ when home and 85⁰ when away. If you have a pet, you should not turn your thermostat above 80⁰. When the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures is small, your cooling bill will be lower.
- Consider scheduling a service for your HVAC system to ensure it is running properly and at full capacity.
- Clean or replace your AC filters regularly to maximize efficiency.
- Clean the area around the outdoor AC unit and keep it shaded, if possible.
- Turn your thermostat up a couple degrees and run a fan to help make up the difference, make sure to turn it off before the leaving the room.
- Avoid going in and out of your home repeatedly to keep cool air in and hot air out.
- Add/repair weather stripping or caulk around the windows and doors to prevent leaks.
- Check if your attic and walls have proper insulation and are sealed to keep warm air out.
- Try cooking on the stove, grilling outside, or using a microwave instead of your oven.
- Take advantage of daylight and try to limit your use of artificial lighting.
- Use the washer with full loads using cold water and consider hanging your clothes to dry.
- Set the temperature of the water heater to 120ºF and wrap with a specially designed insulation blanket if the tank exterior becomes warm to the touch.
- Consider updating old appliances to energy efficient models.
- Follow watering guidelines for watering your lawn and inspect your system to ensure it is working properly.
- If the weather forecast calls for rain, turn off your sprinklers ahead of time. A properly functioning rain sensor should do this automatically.
- Catch rainwater in a barrel and reuse it to water plants.
- Wash your car with a bucket of soapy water instead of constantly running the hose. If you’d rather go to a car wash, look for one that recycles their water.