How to be More Energy-Efficient This Summer
The hazy, humid days of summer are upon us. Staying cool on those stifling days is likely top of mind, but did you know you can also be energy-efficient while maintaining your comfort? With a few simple tips, you can protect the planet by using less energy and even protect your wallet!
Limit use of air conditioning
Sure, this one seems a little tough when the temperatures soar, but there are ways to still stay comfortable. To start, you can consider using a room air conditioner instead of a whole-home system. That way, you’re only cooling the area you’re using, which tends to be a cheaper alternative.
If this isn’t the right option for you, consider using a programmable thermostat that’s set to consistent temperatures based on your routine. If you leave during the day, set your thermostat accordingly so it’s cool when you return, which helps you save on unnecessary costs while no one is home.
Cook in a more creative way
Sizzling temperatures call for the sizzle of a barbeque! Summer is a great time to get together with family and friends to cook out, so why heat your home unnecessarily by turning on the stove?
If you prefer to meal prep and cook inside, consider your appliances and how you’re using them. Those designated with the ENERGY STAR® seal will be more energy efficient, but if upgrading isn’t in the budget, think about using the convection feature on your oven. Doing so may help reduce your total cooking time by up to 20% monthly!
Apply window film
Upgrading your windows can be costly, but insulating your windows is a far less expensive way to help regulate your home’s temperature. Even better, there’s no need to be handy or even purchase expensive tools to install window film that will keep your family comfortable all year. Typically, a tape measure, scissors, a hair dryer or heat gun and the insultation kit are all that are required.
Adjust appliance use
High electricity use (which can attributed to using many appliances at once) can create stress on the electricity grid, so when possible, it’s a great idea to avoid using appliances during periods of peak demand. Though it may not seem that one home’s appliance use would make much of an impact, the combined efforts of many households taking steps to minimize their use during peak periods over time may even positively impact costs over time. The cumulative effects of reduced peak usage mean additional power plants are not required to come online to meet increased demand.
Protect the planet (and your wallet!) at the same time
Power use can spike significantly during those steamy summer days, but don’t let the weather break your budget. By following a few simple steps and learning how to better manage your summertime energy use, you can help protect the environment and your wallet at the same time.
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