The summer months in the central valley can be brutal. While it may be tempting to lower the temperature on your thermostat, there are more efficient ways to make it cooler in your house and save electricity. Here are a few ways to save energy and money over the hot summer months.
- Use Your Windows
- Turn Up the Thermostat
- Join the Fan Club
- Clean Your Vents & Filters
- Use Your Appliances Wisely
- Unplug Electronics
- Lower Your Water Heater Temperature
Once it cools down to below 80 degrees outside, you can open your windows to let the cooler air into your house. Leaving the windows open all night will lower the temperature of your home significantly without using any electricity. When you wake up in the morning close your windows and blinds to trap the cool air in your house. This will prevent the air conditioning from turning on at an earlier hour, saving you money.
This is the best way you can save energy. Raise your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher when you’re at home and 85 degrees when you’re out of town. Keep the air vents clear of furniture or anything else that can block the air from getting into your house.
Fans are your best friend during the summer. They can make your house feel 4 degrees cooler just by moving the air around. It’s a low cost way to feel comfortable on those hot days. Installing a whole house fan is another way to get the cool night time air into your home quickly.
Make sure your vents are clean to allow maximum efficiency of your air conditioning. Your air conditioning filter should work well enough to filter out dust but still let the most air possible through. These are generally the cheaper filters as they are not as thick as the more expensive ones.
Using your oven to cook in the evenings can significantly raise the temperature of your home, causing you to blast the AC. Cook outdoors on an outdoor grill instead of the oven so you don’t raise the temperature indoors.
Do your laundry efficiently by using cold water to wash and rinse. Line dry when you can, and when you need to use the dryer, use the moisture-sensing setting so you’re not over drying your clothes and costing you more money.
Conserve energy by using your dishwasher only when it is fully loaded. Have your dishes air-dry instead of using the heat dry setting.
Unplug electronics such as chargers, TVs, and blu-ray/DVD players when not in use to save electricity. Even when things are plugged in they use a small amount of energy that can add up quickly. To make it easier, put your electronics on power strips so all you have to do is turn off the power strip.
You can cut costs by lowering your water heater temperature to a warm 120 degrees. Water heating accounts for about 18 percent of energy usage in your home.
Try these energy saving tips to save electricity and money.
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