Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Homeowner Guide to Summer Energy Saving Tips


Yes, summer is upon us. Almost everyone looks forward to the summer, at least until we open our utility bills. When the humidity and thermometer rise in warm coastal states such as Florida, Alabama and South Carolina, air conditioners work overtime and utility bills often skyrocket.
You will reduce your energy costs significantly, according to Consumer Energy Center in California, if you follow a few tips.

-When you leave home, set your thermostat to 82 degrees. If you are gone for an extended length of time, do not turn off your air. This can lead to mold growth in humid coastal regions.

-Set your hot water temperature to around 120 degrees. The U.S. Department of Energy says this will save consumers around $7 per month.

-Replace your air conditioner filter about once a month. Even filters that claim to be good for three months may need more frequent replacement, depending on your air conditioner use.

-The dishwasher can save you money. You can save a bundle on your water bill if you skip the pre-rinse stage for your dishes. Dishwashers are powerful enough to clean almost all items, as long as you scrape off the plate before loading it into the machine. Turning off the dry cycle at the end of the wash can also save you money.

-Everyone wants the pool to be clean year round. However, try to cap the pool pump time to a maximum of five or six hours per day during the summer.

-The microwave can equal macro savings. Microwave ovens use less energy than stoves. When possible, zap your food.

-Buy a clothesline. It may seem “old school,” but drying your clothes can save you a nice chunk of change.

-Unplug your cell phone. Charging your cell phone uses a lot of energy. In addition, it is not good for the device to charge it so frequently. Let the charge drop under 20 percent before recharging.
Consider a whole house fan. Installed in the attic, a whole house fan cools the home by blowing out the hot air through your attic.

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