With summer, many things come back into season, such as backyard grilling, sitting out by the pool and even the dreadfully expensive electric bills. However, it doesn’t all have to be dreadful though, if you follow through with just a few simple steps to help lower your costs. Summer is supposed to be a season where you shouldn’t have to worry about sacrificing cost to live comfortably, especially in this West Texas heat!
Setting the thermostat properly
Not many things are better than walking through the doors and getting hit with cold air after spending your day outside in the heat. To achieve this during the summer months, you may need to start by doing these next few things. By having your A/C unit regularly inspected, changing out your old air filters, and even verifying that your vents are all open inside your home can save you from paying more. If your thermostat has an energy saving option, make sure to set it to that which allows you to leave your A/C unit on while you’re not there.
Close curtains and doors
Sometimes we forget about all the little things that we can do to make a difference in how cool our homes feel during the hot months. Closing the curtains in your house can block the sun from getting into your house. If your house tends to get hotter than most during the summer, maybe invest in some black-out curtains or curtains that have extra fabric that can absorb the heat. Closing doors and shutting curtains could be a given, but this option is almost free and requires little to no effort, but you’d be surprised at how much this can help.
Putting your lamps into hibernation
Everyone loves lamps, and they can be stylish and provide you with more light in the spaces that need it. However, it may be time to give them a rest, at least for a little while. Usually, lamps give off heat and enough to where you can feel it. Even if you turn off two 100-watt lamps in your home, that could save you a few dollars by the end of summer. It’s worth a shot!
Use appliances with lower energy
This fact could be common knowledge to some, but not to others. Using your oven requires a large amount of energy, whether you’re reheating something or cooking it for the first time, this guy will make your bill quite costly. During this time, you could put your culinary skills to good use and get creative on cooking meals for the family. Alternatives to an oven could be a crockpot, microwave, or a toaster oven, and only use the oven when you have to.
If you conserve your energy in this area, you could put that excess energy into lowering your A/C a degree or two.
Leaving the oven off, replacing your air filters and leaving your lamps off for the summer, are all low maintenance things that can be done on your end to make your home more enjoyable this summer.