Keep It Cool: Energy-Saving Tips For Your Summer Electric Bill


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Save energy this summer

This is my first summer as a homeowner and with energy prices going up for the summer, my husband and I are definitely looking for ways to save. The key is to keep the heat down and the power off where possible. Here are some at-home energy saving tips.

  • Turn down or turn off your air conditioning during the day when you’re not home. Many thermostats are programmable so you can set times for it to be turned on or off.
  • Check your home for air leaks around door frames and windows to make sure you have a proper seal.
  • Avoid using the oven (except for our Mixer Mixer next Tuesday of course). Cook meals in the microwave, on the grill or choose dishes that don’t require cooking.
  • Only wash full loads of dishes and clothes. Wash clothes in cold water and air dry. Use the air dry option on your dishwasher if it has one.
  • Turn down the thermostat in your water heater to 120 or 115 degrees rather than up to 140 degrees.
  • Turn off computers, electronics and lights when they are not in use. They generate heat and electricity.
  • Keep windows closed during the day to keep heat down.
  • Keep appliances or heat generating devices away from your thermostat so it doesn’t misread the temperature and over cool your house.
  • Use ceiling or floor fans instead of blasting your A/C. Sometimes it helps to simply keep air circulating.

Keep it cool friends! Have more tips? Please share!

Ashley Bunk
Ashley Bunk lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she works as a communications professional and freelance writer.

Ashley is an active runner, traveler, reader, and skier. She loves exploring the world and has made it a hobby to find beauty in the smallest details of life. Ashley has an ever-expanding list of places to visit (feel free to send her your favorites!), and loves living in the beautiful state of Utah, where she is only a drive away from gorgeous mountains, breathtaking red rock, and world-renowned snow. Ashley co-authors the inspiration-focused web site
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