This season brings backyard BBQs, sunbathing by the pool, picnics in the park and evening strolls. It also brings higher energy costs as homeowners try to
keep the house cool during the hot weather months. While more and more people are switching to solar energy in order to stop the monthly check to their
electric company, there are other ways to reduce energy use and save some green which do not require a lot of effort. Making a few adjustments can make a big
difference in energy costs.
1. Stop the Deep Freeze
Comfortable temperatures do not need to be as cold as you might think. Keep your air conditioner thermostat at the highest comfortable temperature.
Supplement by using fans throughout the home to keep the air moving.
Do you know how many of your home devices are always drawing electricity? Power strips, TVs, computers and many other devices are pulling electricity on
stand- by when not in use. Turn off completely when not needed to save energy. If not needed, unplug the garage refrigerator or extra freezer as well.
3. Turn down Water Temperature
While no one wants to shower in truly cold water, a luke warm shower or bath can be refreshing in hot weather. Lower your water heater to 120° for the
summer and use the cold water setting on your clothes washer; your T-shirts don’t mind a cold shower.
4. Keep it Clean
Summer is the time to replace air conditioner filters and get a tune- up. Help it run efficiently and properly.
5. Set the Mood
A darkened room is not only romantic, but by keeping your blinds and windows closed during the day, you can help keep the house a little cooler. An energy
efficient home is easier than you think. By making a few changes during the warmer months, you can save energy and money and still enjoy the summer