As the heat index rises, energy costs in the home do as well, mainly due to the higher demand for electricity to run and cool homes. Air conditioner use is in high demand in our homes – which is the highest cost of electricity for most home owners.
Conserving energy doesn’t have to be a tedious chore. It can be done in baby steps that will add up in the long-run. Here are some tips that everyone in your home, from the smallest child to the oldest adult can help you with.
- Get a programmable thermostat. Keep your home warmer when no one is home. Set the a/c to start cooling close to when you will arrive home. This will help keep your cooling costs down.
- Run your dryer in the evening, when the air conditioner isn’t already struggling to compete with the air conditioner. Better yet, start air drying some of your clothes. Use the sun, which is a free resource.
- Keep one refrigerator. Many families have more than one refrigerator, which eats up electricity costs. Keep your fridge stocked and just replenish with drinks and other items that need to be cooled.
- Turn off lights that aren’t being used. This is a great lesson for kids.
- Utilize the grill more for cooking. Only use the oven when absolutely necessary.
- Turn off any items that use electricity when not in use. Unplug if you can to limit electrical use.
With these tips you can start to see your electric bill dwindle, at least a little.