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Home Maintenance: Energy Savings Tips

Posted on June 19, 2015

During the hot summer months, your electric bill can soar just like the temperature outside. Here are some ways that you can cut your energy usage and your bill.

  1. Install a programmable thermostat that will automatically raise your temperature while you are away from home and lower the thermostat when you are at home. Some models will let you make different setting for days of the week when your schedule may vary.
  2. Use the microwave oven, a toaster oven or the outdoor grill instead of your oven on hot days. These appliances all use less energy than your large oven and don’t heat up your house as much either.
  3. Use ceiling fans. Moving air makes you feel cooler. Ceiling fans should run in a counter-clockwise direction in the summer. Be sure and cut them off when not at home as no one is there to benefit.
  4. Reduce the temperature on your hot water heater to 120 degrees, which is sufficiently warm for showers and washing dishes.
  5. Run your dishwasher only when there is a full load. Turn off the dry cycle, letting the dishes air dry.
  6. Do laundry only when you have a full load. Use the cold water setting for rinsing clothes.
  7. Replace dirty filters for your air conditioning system. Clogged filters will restrict air flow making your air conditioning equipment work harder and use more energy. Schedule to check your air filters once a month especially if you have pets.
  8. Turn off kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans immediately after use. These fans pull in air from the exterior to make-up for the air they are exhausting. This is air that you will need to cool.

Saving energy translates to saving money. Summer is a great time to keep your cash instead of spending it on utility bills. You can stay cool and be efficient too!


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