With summer quickly approaching, many families are worried about how they’re going to be able to keep their utility costs low while still staying cool within their homes. While it’s a blessing to be able to have air conditioning in your home, it’s also a curse when that bill comes each month tell you just how much energy you’ve used in cooling costs. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to help keep your home feeling cool without having to see your bill rise too much. To show you how, here are three things you can do that will help you save money on utility costs this summer.
Use Fans Before A/C
If you’re really interested in limiting the amount of time you have your air conditioning on, you’re going to have to get creative about how you cool your house. One great way to do this is to use the coolness of night to help you keep things cooler all day long. To do this, try opening your windows at night so the cool air gets in. Once the sun starts rising, close the windows and shut your blinds so the cool air stays in and the heat stays out. Additionally, Kimberly Palmer, a contributor to U.S. News and World Report, also recommends using fans before you start blasting the a/c to help move that cool air around without using as much energy.
Stop Vampire Power
Because most people tend to use more energy during the summer, what with their a/c units and with kids being home from school, overall energy prices are generally higher at this time. And in most homes, there are likely things using vampire power that you’re not even aware of. According to Dana Dratch, a contributor to Bankrate.com, vampire power is where you think something’s turned off but the fact that it’s still plugged in means it’s still using power. All of these small items staying plugged in can make a big difference in your power bill. So once you’re done using something, unplug it completely rather than just turning it off.
Talk To Your Utility Company
According to Athena Cao, a contributor to USA Today, many cities or counties offer incentives for people who effectively use their power during high-usage times. If you qualify for these incentives, you could save yourself a lot of money and energy. To see what incentives there might be available to you, call your utility company and see if they have any programs offered to help people save energy and spend less money during the summer. If you phone your utility company and they don’t offer any incentives, you may also feel like you’d be better off switching providers, this might be true and could actually save you money each month. For example, you might find the energy supplier you’re currently with could be beaten with their rates by some of the light companies in Texas, or your respected state, of course. Always remember that switching suppliers regularly could help you save in the long run.
If you’re looking to save on energy costs this summer, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you do just that.