Energy Saving Tips for Homeowners

Rising temperatures means rising energy bills for many. But don't sweat it (funny, I know). There are a bunch of simple, inexpensive or free solutions that can help you trim your energy costs this summer.

  • Turn up the temp.
  • Setting your thermostat as high as comfortably possible can save you money. Try setting your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are there and 85 degrees when you aren't home. For every degree above 72 you set your temperate to, you are saving between 1-3% off your energy bill. But take your health and comfort into consideration first.
  • Air circulation is key.
  • Using fans, ceiling fans in particular, to keep air circulating throughout your home can keep your home cooler by an average of at least 4 degrees. This could equal big savings on your energy bill, as a ceiling fan only uses as much energy to run as a 100-watt light bulb.
  • Keep shades or blinds closed.
  • Have you ever tried closing your blinds to keep the sun out on a really bright, hot, sunny day? It works. Keeping your windows covered by drapes, blinds or shades can keep a lot of heat out of your home.
  • Cool Nights = Open Windows
  • If it's a cool night, open your windows! Not only will the crisp, fresh air be good for your home, but it gives you the chance to shut off any AC units you might have running. As it begins to warm up in the morning, close the windows for a bit to keep the cool air inside longer.
  • Use Appliances Wisely
  • Appliances such as dishwashers and clothes washers and dryers can use a lot of energy. Plan your loads accordingly. Only run full loads and try to time them during hours when you aren't running the AC.