The hot humid days of summer can cause homeowners to use a lot of energy to cool their home; in fact, heating and cooling dominates the home’s energy consumption. However, in some areas water might be limited and electricity costs might be higher during peak hours.
Saving money and energy during the summer isn’t difficult. However, it does require homeowners to be mindful of the bad habits that could be wasting energy and costing them more money each month. Here’s how to conserve energy during the summer:
- Turn up the thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Use blackout curtains.
- Dry clothes outside.
- Schedule for the air conditioner to be serviced.
- Place insulation film over windows.
- Install a smart thermostat that offers programs.
- Use the microwave and avoid the oven.
- Turn on the ceiling fan.
- Take cooler and shorter showers.
- Keep the blinds closed.
The Magic Temperature is 78 Degrees
Homeowners might know that heating and cooling is expensive. However, on days when the mercury hits triple digits, the air conditioner might be working hard. To save money and conserve energy, though, homeowners should opt for a modest temperature on their thermostat.
Set the temperature in the home to 78 degrees Fahrenheit. While this might seem warm, it should still be comfortable. In addition, setting the thermostat a few degrees warmer will keep the air conditioner from turning on more frequently, thus saving energy and money, too.
Use Blackout Curtains
To keep the room free from the hot sunlight, darken the room with blackout curtains. These window treatments also can save photographs and upholstery from being lightened by the sun.
Blackout curtains can be found at most home stores, major retail stores and online, too. In addition, homeowners also could sew their own.
Dry Clothes on a Clothesline Outside
Save money on the dryer and use the power of the warm air to dry laundry. Install a clothesline between two trees and hang laundry outdoors to dry during the summer.
While homeowners might not wish to hang all laundry on the line, sheets and towels can be dried outdoors. Plus, those items might pick up some outdoor fresh scents.
Service the Air Conditioner
To ensure that the air conditioner is running efficiently, it needs to be serviced yearly. Don’t forget to schedule to have the air conditioner serviced before the hottest days of the summer start putting pressure on the system.
In addition, homeowners also need to remember to change the air filter in the system. The filter should be changed every three months, but some homeowners need to change it more frequently.
Install Window Insulation Films
Some homeowners have energy-efficient windows, but others might have older windows. To conserve energy, homeowners can install a film over the windows that provide a bit more insulation. This simple film can help protect against leaks that cause the room to heat up and the air conditioner to work harder.
Install a Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat can be controlled remotely on a mobile device like a smartphone or a tablet via an app. These thermostats also allow for homeowners to set individual programs that change the temperature of the home throughout the day.
For example, during work hours the temperature in the home might be warmer. The program might set the temperature a bit warmer during the cooler evening hours, too. Use these thermostats to conserve energy and save money on cooling costs.
Use the Microwave and Try to Avoid the Oven
During hot summer days, using the oven will add more heat to the home. This isn’t ideal for the air conditioner or for energy use in the home. When possible, try to use other cooking options (like the microwave) that don’t warm up the home.
Turn on the Ceiling Fan
A ceiling fan can help circulate air in the home; this might help the home or a room feel cooler. In summer, the blades should turn counterclockwise. In the winter, though, the blades should turn clockwise.
Homeowners can change the blade direction when they fall back or spring forward to mark the ending and begin Daylight Savings Time.
Take Cooler and Shorter Showers
While a hot shower might feel nice, during a hot summer day a cooler shower might feel refreshing. To conserve energy, opt for mild-temperature water and try to take shorter showers, too.
Keep the Curtains and Blinds Closed
One of the simplest tips to keep the home from heating up during the summer is to just keep the curtains and blinds closed. While some homeowners might think that using the natural light of the sun can save on lighting costs, during the hot summer days the extra heat in the home might offset the savings. During the hottest part of the day (which is typically around 3 p.m.), opt to close the curtains and the blinds.
Homeowners who are trying to conserve energy and save money during the summer might need to switch up some daily habits and make a few changes. However, by conserving energy, homeowners can decrease their carbon footprint and, hopefully, save a little bit of money on their heating and cooling costs.