Keep your energy bills low this summer with these tips

May 26, 2017

Keeping your home cool during the summer months can be expensive. The following tips can help you lower your energy bill without sacrificing comfort.

  • Air Conditioning

You can save as much as 20 percent on your electric bill by sealing ducts and air leaks. Additionally, consider installing a programmable thermostat to save energy while you’re sleeping or away from home, and make sure you service your equipment and change air filters every month.

  • Laundry

Your dryer is likely one of the biggest energy consumers in your home. Make sure you clean your lint filter after each load. If you’re purchasing new equipment, keep electric usage in mind. Washing machines with a stronger spin cycle reduce the amount of work for the dryer, and dryers with moisture sensors automatically turn the machine off when the load is dry.

  • Refrigerator

Like most appliances, newer refrigerators are much more energy-efficient, so consider upgrading if you have an older model. Even still, you can save money by setting the temperature inside between 35 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit, ensuring that there is proper air circulation behind it, and limiting the amount of time the refrigerator door stays open.

  • Lights

Replace incandescent bulbs with more efficient LED bulbs.

  • Water Heater

You can possibly slice your energy bill in half by updating older models, setting the temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or below, and limiting hot water use.