Did you know that your air conditioner is the absolute biggest energy hog during the summer? And are you looking for ways you can do to lower your electric bill even when the sun is beating down on your home?
I started collecting ways to save on your summer electricity bill and I couldn’t believe all the tips I found.
Don’t sweat the summer heat – instead, stay cool and save money with these tips. Some are so simple, you can start using them today; others require more time. (And don’t miss the most painless way to lower your electric bill, right after the infographic.)
Beyond the tips above, here are even more tips to help you save money on electricity.
- Shop around for your electricity supplier. You may find a significant savings by switching to another supplier. We did this in the winter and we lowered our rate by 24%!
- Make sure your fridge and freezer are 50-75% full. If you don’t need the space, you can fill up the excess with jugs of water which will act as a cold sink and allow the fridge to run less often.
- Ceiling fans keep you cool with much less energy use (but turn them off when you’re not in the room). Fans cool people, not rooms.
- Turn up the thermostat on the fridge and freezer a few notches and see if it affects the storage life of your food.
- Replace your incandescent lightbulbs with energy-saving fluorescent or LED bulbs. (But also consider the payback period for efficient bulbs.)
- Unplug appliances and devices (TVs, computers, paper shredder, etc.) when not in use to avoid “phantom” energy usage. An easy way to do this is to use a power strip and turn it on only when you’re using an attached device.
- Turn off the A/C before you go on vacation.
- Train your kids to close the door every time when the A/C is on. You can invest in a self-closing spring to make sure the door doesn’t get forgotten.
- Instead of heating up the house by turning on the oven, serve meals from the crock pot, stovetop, or outdoor grill. Or serve a hearty salad instead of needing to turn on the oven at all.
- See if your electric supplier has a program which rewards off-peak usage.
- Hang your clothes up to dry – your savings will be two-fold – no expense to run the dryer and the dryer won’t heat up the house.
- Vacuum the coils on your fridge to help with efficiency.
- Some states provide rebates if you exchange an older appliance for a more efficient one.
- Check your dryer vent to make sure it’s not clogged and taking longer than necessary to dry your clothes.
- Run your dishwasher and washing machine on the short cycle.
- Turn off lights when not in use (train those kids!!).
- Turn down the thermostat on your water heater. Most water heaters are set to 140º F but you may find that 120º F is hot enough for your family (estimated annual savings: $36-61).
- Make sure all windows and doors are well-insulated and close completely so they don’t let out any of the air-conditioned air.
- Cover vents in unused rooms with magnetic vent covers. No reason to air-condition rooms you’re not using!
- Use a bathroom fan when showering and the range hood when cooking to remove extra heat and humidity from your home.
- Consider a dehumidifier if you live in a very humid climate.
- On not-too-hot days, open opposite windows to encourage cross-flow ventilation through the house.
Shopping around for the best energy rates is something you should be doing regularly.
ElectricChoice.com can tell you in seconds what the best rates are for your area. Just enter your zipcode into the form on their site and you’ll see the best rates on electricity immediately. It’s just like shopping around for the best cell phone package or the best cable service.