Your electric bill is most likely higher than you would like it to be throughout the entire year, but odds are it’s never higher than during the summer months. From the additional cost of using your air conditioner to the fact that certain family members may have more time off from work or school, you’re most likely using more energy in the summer than during any other time of the year. Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can do to cut down on your bills.
When it comes to appliances like your oven or dryer, try to get the most use out of them in either the early morning or at night. If you run them during the day when temperatures are at their highest, you’re just going to heat up your home, which will require your air conditioner to run longer. You could even hang your clothes up to dry and doing other things to avoid using these appliances as much as possible.
Replacing the lightbulbs in your home can also save you money in the long run. While things like LED lightbulbs may be more expensive than incandescent, they actually consume less energy. So if you’re willing to spend a bit more up front for some cheaper bills down the line, making the switch to LED isn’t a bad idea.
Finally, take advantage of the summer weather and spend more time either on your patio or outside in general. The less you’re in your home, the less energy you’ll be using. Just remember to turn the air conditioner down and the lights off when you leave.
Follow these suggestions and you should have no trouble keeping your energy costs low this summer!