Everybody wants a cleaner, energy-efficient home; whether it’s because you want to keep the environment clean, or it’s because you want to reduce the numbers on your electricity bill. And, when it’s the summertime, expecting low electricity bills is not going to happen.
In fact, warm weather comes with a price. However, with little pre-preparation, you can easily manage your energy usage and cut down bills. Dive in, to know more:
Layer The Windows:
Old-fashioned and single-pane windows are not energy efficient. Single pane windows allow the temperature to pass through it with ease. If it’s hot outside and you want to keep cold inside, then the inside temperature will get out of the windows, and cold temperature will pass through it.
So, make your windows and glass doors well insulated so that the temperature will not pass through it. Further, installing double glazed windows to seal the temperature can be one of the ways to cut your electricity bill this summer. Not only those windows reduce the energy flow, but will also make it difficult for heat or sound to penetrate the window.
Keep The Thermostat Smart:
Getting the blast of cold air after coming back from the scorching heat and sweltering heat is the one thing that we often do. But, these things hurt as soon as you see the skyrocketing energy bills. Keep your thermostat at average or as high as your comfort allows.
Put off the air conditioner, when you are away from home or install the automatic thermostat to get away from the stress of manually changing the temperature.
Seal Air Ducts:
If stats are to be believed, 20-30% of the air that passes from the ductwork is lost because of the leaks and improper ducts. Hence, you have to keep your cooling/heating system 20-30% harder to keep your house at the right temperature.
Also, the more inappropriately your cooling system work, the higher will be your energy bills. However, the best way to tackle this issue is to get your duct inspected from a professional. They will ensure that there aren’t any leaks or holes and if there would be any, they will seal them, to let air stay in the house.
While changing the bulbs might be a small thing, it can save bucks on electricity bills. Replace incandescent bulbs with the LED ones, as they operate at low voltage and produce half of the total heat. Also, these bulbs consume less energy and last longer than traditional bulbs, saving money on electricity and replacement cost.
Keep Track Of Electronics:
When you have heat-generating devices like lamps, TVs and air- conditioning, your thermostat will spend extra energy to cool them. So, place the thermostat smartly and try to keep electronics away from them.
Things like hair dryers, computers, curling rods, stereos, televisions can heat up your house easily, so make sure they are turned off when not using.
Keep The House Well Ventilated:
Another way to cut down the electricity bill is to keep house airy and well ventilated. You can go for ceiling fans or the portable ones to keep the house cool and breezy. Furthermore, a good fan will keep your thermostat level high, thereby maintaining the same level of comfort
Use Only Cold Water For Laundry:
If you often do your laundry by using the hot water, you are responsible for your higher electricity bill. However, you can minimize to up to 90% less if you use cold water for laundry.
This is because of the decreased cost that goes to heating the water. You can also make a dent in the bills by doing laundry only when you have a full load ready.
So, those were some energy efficient ways to cut the energy expense and to save bucks!