5 Ways To Save On Utilities On The Hottest Days Of Summer
As someone who is native to Phoenix, I fully understand the spike in utility bills during those 120 degree summer months. This is why I’ve come up with the 5 best ways to help keep utility costs down this summer!
Ceiling fans cool people down. They can even make you feel up to 8 degrees cooler! For this reason, ceiling fans may allow you to avoid using your air conditioner altogether (depending on where you live), helping you to save on utility bills. For extra cooling make sure your fan is running in a counter-clockwise direction. This will blow all the air straight down. And the most important part of all this is to make sure you turn your ceiling fan off when you are not in the room. They cool people not rooms.
90% of incandescent lighting turns into heat. Make sure to turn off any lights when not in use. This will help you save and keep your home cooler on those hot summer days. In turn, make sure to take advantage of daylight instead of turning on any lights in your home.
Avoid using the oven on the hottest days of summer. This will keep your home cooler and help avoid having to use your air conditioner for longer periods of time. Consider grilling or cooking on the stove on the hottest days. Another helpful tip is to only wash full loads of clothes or dishes and consider air drying both dishes and clothes. Lastly, make sure you turn off and unplug electronics not in use, such as televisions and computers. For a list of appliances that still use power even when they are turned off take a look here.
Keep Warm Air Out
There are a couple different ways to keep warm air from coming into your home. You can seal air leaks around doors and windows by adding caulking or weatherstripping. For other ways to seal cracks and openings in your home click here.
Lastly, there’s maintenance. Scheduling regular maintenance for all of your cooling equipment ensures everything is working properly all the time. If everything is working properly and you’re changing air filters as needed you can save a lot of money in the long run.
If you have other ways to keep costs low on utilities let us know in the comments below! For more summer fun take a look here.