You know that summer sun and weather you were longing for back in December of last year? Well, it’s here and it’s surpassing previous heatwave records! Fortunately, we’re nearing the end of summer and we can start to enjoy cooler temperatures… But we’re not there yet! We still have a few more months of this seemingly unbearable heat to deal with.
For some people, this heat may not be as unbearable as it is for others, but regardless of how you feel about the heat, there is one aspect about it that can be agreed upon by everyone, and that is its impact on your electric bill every month.
Have you noticed how easy it is for your electric bill to go “through the roof” during the summer months? For lots of people, summer electric bills are upwards of $200 or more, and that can be a hard bill to maintain as a recurring expense. So how can you keep cool all while reducing your electricity bill?
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Well, it certainly won’t involve you wearing your swimsuit all hours of the day to keep cool… unless you prefer it that way! But in all seriousness, there are some pretty nifty and realistic ways to cool down during these last few hot summer months without breaking the bank… Here’s how:
Set Your Thermostat to “Efficient”
When it’s hot outside, it’s second-nature to go to your thermostat and press that down arrow to lower the temperature in your home to a seemingly arctic setting. Although that temperature will indeed cool your home considerably, it will also raise the price of your electric bill.
What people fail to realize is that it doesn’t require much to cool your home, especially when you’re not even going to be there during the day. For the most part, your thermostat just needs to be a few degrees less than what the actual temperature is outside, depending on your area’s heat index.
That’s not saying that if it’s 107°F outside, you can set your thermostat to 103°F and feel cool… Those kinds of temperatures require significantly more cooling. The US Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat to 78° when you’re at home but ideally, you want to set your thermostat to as high of a temperature as you comfortably can to help lower costs. The secret is that the smaller the difference you have in the temperatures from outside and inside, the lower your electric bill will be.
Unplug Your Devices
Did you know that devices in your home still consume energy even when they’re not being used? Well, they can, and it’s often called vampire or phantom power. Things like chargers, small kitchen appliances, and power strips are all things that still use energy when they’re not in use. To prevent this from happening, you should unplug your devices when you’re not home.
Can this get a little annoying? Probably, but you will be so glad you did it when you see your electric bill! If nothing more, you definitely want to make sure you do this when you leave to go out of town or for extended periods of time.
See If There are Alternative Electricity Suppliers in Your Area
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Wouldn’t it be nice if you could simply pick and choose who your electric provider could be? It certainly would! And in certain locations, this luxury is very possible! How? It’s possible because certain areas adopted a renewable portfolio standard where they generate electricity from renewable sources and residents of that location can compare prices and choose the provider they want.
This new innovation in utility services is not only better for the environment but it’s also saving residents lots of money on their monthly utility costs. You simply:
- Visit powersetter.com
- Enter your zip code
- Make sure you choose “Electric” from the drop-down button
- Click the “Compare Rates” button
It’s as simple as that! If this energy-saving form of electricity is available in your area, you will be able to enjoy the benefits of a cooler home all while lowering your electric bill and doing something positive for the environment too!
Keep Your Blinds and Curtains Closed
You might be thinking that you don’t want your house to be dark and gloomy but if you’re gone to work during the day, who’s going to be there to care that it’s dark in your home? No one. By keeping your blinds and curtains closed, you’re allowing your home to stay cooler.
Sure, you might enjoy a bright home but would you enjoy a hot one too? Probably not. The sunlight your windows bring into your home can change the temperature of a home by several degrees. It also helps to close the doors to the rooms in your home to maintain cooler temps.
Spend More Time Outside
Okay, so the objective is to stay cool but spending more time outside will require you to be indoors less, which will, in turn, make you use less energy to cool your home. How? Because you’re not in it! Go hang out with friends or take on some easy outdoor projects to improve your home’s exteriors.
When you’re not home, you’re not using the lights, hot water, or appliances, and those are some of the biggest consumers of energy you will ever use. Just make sure to keep yourself hydrated during these hot summer months while you’re outside. When you’re hydrated, your body naturally remains cooler.