Are you looking for ways to cut down on your home energy costs?
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average U.S. household will spend $426 on electrical costs this summer (June-August). That’s an increase of three percent over that same time period last year.
Beating the heat can be expensive, but fortunately there are ways to curb your spending by making some changes in the way you live.
Read on to learn 4 great ways to save energy this summer!
1. Pay Attention to Your Thermostat
You can cut back on your energy expenses by paying better attention to your thermostat. It’s important to be comfortable in your home.
But you should also avoid running your air conditioner when you don’t need it.
This means keeping your thermostat set at a higher temperature when you are not at your house. When you keep your thermostat too low, you risk your A/C running to keep an empty house cool.
When you are at home, try keeping your house at the warmest temperature that is comfortable. By keeping your home at a warmer temperature (and keeping your A/C from running), you are avoiding extra energy costs.
It is also a wise decision to read more about other ways how air conditioning can impact your home’s electric bill.
2. Take Shorter Showers
You can save money on energy costs by taking shorter showers. That’s because when you are taking showers with hot water, you are paying for those heating costs.
Taking a shorter shower will also help you to save on your water bill costs too. According to Home Water Works, the average American takes a shower that is 8.2 minutes long.
But taking a shorter shower isn’t the only way to save on energy costs. You can also take one with water that is not quite as hot.
By taking a shower with cooler water, you are decreasing the amount of water being removed from your water heater. This means there will be less water that needs to be heated by your machine.
3. Keep Interior Doors Open
You can cut down on energy expenses at home by keeping interior doors open. These are doors that lead to your bedroom, bathroom or other areas of the inside of your home.
According to Angie’s List, restricted airflow caused by closed interior doors increases air flow needed by 300 percent to 900 percent to compensate for it. This can cause a major increase in your home’s energy bill.
Be sure to keep your home’s exterior doors and sliding glass doors closed as much as possible so cool air does not escape.
4. Use Candles For Added Light
One way to cut back on energy costs is to use candles to add extra light to a room.
When you are using candles to add light to a room, this allows you to forego turning on your overhead light bulbs. This keeps you from spending money.
Candles are most effective if you use them as an additional source of light during the day. For example, try keeping blinds or curtains open during cooler times of the day and using candles if you need added light.
Wrapping Up: The Best Ways to Save Energy
There are many ways to live comfortably in your home but use less electricity.
One of these is to take a mindful approach of how you are living. This means, in part, taking time to consider your use of light bulbs and hot water.
When you think about these small actions each day, this will help you to get into a routine and practice ways to save energy.
Are you interested in other unique tips to use around your home?
Check out our blog post on 10 Life-Changing Cleaning Hacks to Use Today!