There are lots of ways you can save on your energy bill by just changing your daily habits, but if you get innovative, you can bring that cost down even more. Here are 9 ideas on how your can lower your energy bill this summer!
- Control your “vampire energy” charges
“Vampire” appliances are devices that use energy when they are in standby mode. According to the Department of Energy, these electronics account for 10% of energy, on average, used in a household. You can identify these vampire appliances as anything with an external power supply, a remote control, a continuous display or anything that charges batteries.
In order to avoid these extra charges, make sure you unplug all electronics that are not in use. You can also save on your energy bill by using power strips that will turn off all appliances that are plugged into them. Wright-Hennepin Energy, @WHEnergyTweet says it’s also important to minimize the use of equipment that generate a lot of heat, like dishwashers and curling irons, in order to stay energy efficient.
- Buy a programmable thermostat
Did you know the right thermostat can reduce your utility bill by at least 15%? Unless you have a heat-sensitive pet, you can set your AC to a certain temperature for when you’re home and another for when you’re out. Once programmed, the thermostat will turn on at the time you pick and alternate as necessary.
- Check your doors and windows
Your windows and doors are probably burning a hole in your wallet this summer! Keep south-facing window coverings closed during day to keep out the sun’s heat and use window shades to keep out the sun’s heat during the day. Don’t forget to purchase foam or draft guards for your doors to keep in cool air and buy window storm kits for inexpensive, temporary insulation.
- Air-dry your clothing
If saving energy is your prime concern, know that 4 percent of the electricity used in the average home goes to drying laundry, according to the Department of Energy. Air-drying with a drying rack is not only affordable but also kinder to the fabric of your clothes. A dryer breaks up the fiber in your clothes which end up as lint.
- Don’t place hot appliances close to your thermostat
Some energy saving tips are less obvious- like not placing lamps or TV sets near AC thermostats! The thermostat will sense the heat and run for longer, causing you to spend more on your energy bill.
- Plan no-cook dinners for summer nights
No one likes to eat a hot, heavy meal when it’s a 100 degrees outside! There are many delicious, nutritional meals that don’t require a stove or an oven. Along with saving energy that your kitchen appliances use, you’ll also keep away from heating up the kitchen.
- Replace your air conditioning filters
According to the Department of Energy, changing a clogged air filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 15%! Consult a professional if you’re unsure if you need a replacement. The quality of the air in your home is directly related to how clean your air ducts are, so by taking this precaution you’re not only saving on your energy bill but also protecting the health of your loved ones.
- Switch to LED lightbulbs
We all know LED lightbulbs help save money on your energy bill, but do you know why? LED light bulbs are mounted on a flat surface and therefore emit light hemi-spherically. The light being emitted hemi-spherically reduces energy being wasted. Other types of light bulbs emit heat and light in all directions, and thus dissipates energy.
In addition to conserving energy, LED lightbulbs are also clearer, brighter and last longer.
- Lower the backlight on your TV
Did you know high-definition television has the option to dim its backlight? Your backlight settings constitutes the largest portion of your TV’s energy consumption. Turning the backlight setting down will reduce the amount of energy your TV uses and so watching it will cost you a lot less.