Easy and Effective Energy Saving Tips for Summer and Spring
Keeping your home cool and comfortable during summer and monitoring your electricity usage is a real challenge. But with simple, easy and inexpensive actions, these energy saving tips can help you save energy and money during the warm spring and summer months.
Below are low-cost, energy saving tips you can do during summer when the weather is warm and you are trying to keep your home cool. Some of the tips are free and designed to help you choose effective ways to reduce your energy bills or can be used on a daily basis to increase your savings.
A lot of the heat that gets into rooms is caused by natural light. To avoid this, consider installing window coverings to prevent heat getting through your windows. You can also apply sun-control or other reflective films on south-facing windows and close the existing blinds and windows during the day and open them at night time instead.
Check weather stripping around doors and caulking around windows. Properly sealed doors and windows help prevent warm outside air from entering the home.
Set the thermostat as high as comfortably possible. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be. Try to set your thermostat to 78°F (26°C) degrees when you are home and at 85 degrees or off when you are away.
Avoid setting the thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and unnecessary expense.
FANS AND VENTILATION
If you can, try cooling off with a fan before turning on an air conditioner. If you spend most of your time in specific areas of the house, this can be a great idea as fans generally cool down one specific area. Using ceiling or room fans allows you to set the thermostat higher because the air movement will cool the room. Simply remember to turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room to save on electricity bills.
When you shower or take a bath, use the bathroom fan to remove the heat and humidity from your home. Make sure bathroom and kitchen fans are vented to the outside. Using window, ceiling and whole-house fans can be a simple, low-cost energy saving tips to stay comfortable during warm weather.
Air conditioning system
Make sure your central air conditioning system or window unit is properly sized for the space it is intended to cool. Improperly sized units use more energy than necessary. Have your central air conditioner tuned up and clean or replace filters monthly for more efficient operation. Dirty filters cause air conditioners to work harder and use more energy.
Avoid placing lamps or TV sets near your room air-conditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
Set the temperature no lower than the manufacturer’s recommendations. Check your refrigerator door’s seal by closing it on a $5 bill. If the bill is held tightly in place, the seal is OK. If not, the door should be adjusted or the seal replaced.
Clean your refrigerator’s coils and air intake grill as directed in your manufacturer’s user guide.
Keep refrigerators and freezers out of direct sunlight, and allow space on all sides to allow heat to escape (see manufacturer’s recommendations).
Water heating accounts for about 18% of the energy consumed in your home. Set your water heater to 120ºF.You'll not only save energy, you'll avoid scalding your hands. Another simple and easy idea from no-cost energy saving tips - Use the vacation setting to lower the temperature on your water heater when you go away on holiday.
Other easy fixes include fixing leaky faucets right away and installing low-flow aerators on kitchen and bathroom faucets to save water and energy.
Do your laundry efficiently by using the warm or cold water setting for washing your clothes. Always use cold water to rinse clothes. (Saves 4 %!)
Wash clothes in cold water and clean the lint filter in the dryer after every use.
Ensure clothes are well wrung out before putting them into the dryer or take advantage of the sun and heat and use a line to dry clothes whenever you can. This is actually one of the best and easiest energy saving tips during the summer.
Clean drains and filters regularly to ensure efficient operation.
Run the dishwasher only when it is fully loaded, and turn off the dry cycle and air dry dishes instead.
Run the dryer and dishwasher at night; always operate with full loads.
Move spare refrigerators out of the garage to an insulated basement or spare room. You’ll save money because the unit won’t have to work as hard to keep food cold.
Cook on your outdoor grill. The indoor stove or oven can raise your kitchen's temperature as much as 5 to 10 degrees and try to cook outdoors, use a microwave oven or prepare cold meals to avoid excess heat in the kitchen.
Other Household chores
Do heat- and moisture-producing jobs such as cooking, cleaning, ironing and laundry during the cooler early morning and evening hours. The humidity from these activities can make homes uncomfortable.
For the Entire Home
Replace bulbs with CFLs or LEDs, and use a low wattage bulb for any light that must be left on all night.
Minimize activities that generate a lot of heat, such as running a computer and using hot devices such as curling irons or hair dryers. Even stereos and televisions will add some heat to your home.
Make sure the attic is properly ventilated to relieve excess summer heat.
Take advantage of daylight instead of artificial lighting, but avoid direct sunlight- another free tip from the no-cost energy saving tips during summer.
Avoid unnecessary trips in and out of the house, especially on very hot days. Heat and humidity come in each time you open the door.
For free or no cost energy saving tips that will surely help you save energy and money, simply follow these easy and effective tips below:
FOR ALL ELECTRONICS & APPLIANCES
Turn off appliances and equipment when not in use. (Save: 2%)
Turn off unnecessary lights. Much of the energy from a light bulb is heat.
Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use. Plug home electronics, such as TVs, DVD players and computers into power strips and turn off the power strips when the equipment is not in use.
Unplug electronic devices and chargers when they aren't in use-most new electronics use electricity even when switched "off."
Wear thin, loosely fitting clothes and you may not have to keep room temperatures as cool.
Always take into account health considerations and be sure to drink plenty of fluids in warm weather.
Take short showers instead of baths.
Making yourself comfortable and cool during warm weather will reduce your need to use the cooling system, saving you more energy and money.
It might be hot and sunny outside, but these helpful energy saving tips will help your home become cooler and more energy efficient.
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