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6 Tips For Conserving Energy in the Summer

June 28, 2022

The summer is here and the weather is heating up. While many call summer their favorite season for various reasons, their electricity bill is not one of them. Running the air conditioner all day long or having the kids at home for the summer can certainly cause your utility bills to skyrocket.

But there are solutions that can help you hedge against the additional energy costs during the summer. Continue reading to find our suggestions below.

1. Take Advantage of Longer Days

An energy concern during winter is the increased need for interior lights. However, the long days of summer mean that there’s less need for you to use electricity to light your home. When it’s not too hot out, make sure that you’re letting natural sunlight into your home. This will dramatically reduce the electricity required to light your home – provided you don’t forget to shut the lights off.

2. Close Blinds On The Hottest Days

On one of the hotter summer days, it’s actually advantageous to close your blinds. Doing this helps restrict the sun’s greenhouse effect, keeping it from heating your home. You can do this before or after turning the air conditioning on to further conserve cool air.

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3. Skip The Oven, Grill Outdoors Instead

There’s nothing that heats a small space more than an active oven. Anyone who has lived in a small apartment surely knows how toasty it can get when the oven is baking your next meal. Instead, we recommend skipping the oven and grilling outside. After all, what else is summer other than barbecuing outside with your friends and family. So skip the oven and fire up the grill.

4. Conscious Air Conditioning

Perhaps the most important part of your home during summer – the air conditioner. The AC is typically known to generate higher energy costs. While some rises in costs are unavoidable, there are some things you can do to best leverage your AC. This way, you can keep your home cool and your costs down.

First of all, you should inspect your air conditioner a few times over the course of the summer. Like all other pieces of home equipment, ACs can suffer from wear and tear. Make sure that yours is functioning properly and cooling efficiently, otherwise it will cost a whole lot more to replace a broken unit and pay an increased energy bill.

Another great way to get the most of your AC is by using your household fans to spread the cool air around your home. This will act as a sort of booster for your AC, helping it push the cool air out into home, rather than losing that cold air when it sits in front of the AC. And, it only costs around 25 cents to run your fan for a whole day. Not a bad deal.

5. Install A Smart Thermostat

Another great way to reduce strain on your AC and your wallet is by purchasing and installing a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats provide you with increased control over your home’s energy usage, especially when it comes to cooling your house.

You can program many of these thermostats to run your AC on a schedule. This allows you to automatically lower or shut down your AC when no one is home – whether at work, camp, or school. You can also program the thermostat to turn on before you arrive home (maybe 15-20 mins before) to ensure that you always walk into a cool house.

6. Install Rooftop Solar Panels

At the end of the day, electricity prices always go one way – up. The above tips and tricks are invaluable for lowering your household energy costs. However, the current global situation has fossil fuel prices (and thus grid electricity) prices skyrocketing.

A solution to counteract these costs is to install rooftop solar panels. Rooftop solar lessens your reliance on electricity from the grid. This affords you greater control over how and when your solar generated energy is used. This is one of the best ways to control, lessen, and potentially even eliminate your monthly electricity bills – leaving more money in your pocket.