When I first moved out on my own I thought a lot about ways to save money. The sites I perused for ideas often recommended lowering my energy consumption. I adopted many of the tips and tricks these sites shared, and after owning two homes, I’ve continued to try to upgrade my money-saving tricks. I use many of them during the summer months to reduce my energy bill while still staying cool. Below, take a look at four of my favorite summertime energy- and money-saving secrets.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
Long gone are the days of manual thermostats. These days, you can find a variety of programmable or smart thermostats. Programmable thermostats make it easy to control the environment in your home, which can result in big savings.
Investing in a smart thermostat takes this one step further and allows you to control your thermostat from wherever you are. Did you go to work and forget to turn off the heat? No worries! You can turn it off from your work desk and keep that money in your pocket. Check out this site for additional benefits of a smart thermostat, like using vacation mode.
Maximize Your Windows
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This started as a way to save money for me, but now it’s one of my favorite things about summer. Open the windows when you’re about to go to bed. The night air will cool down your house. In the morning, enjoy a cup of coffee in the cool morning air, and then close up your windows.
This allows you to keep the air conditioner off as long as possible while lifting your spirits at the same time. Take it a step further and shut the blinds in rooms that receive direct sunlight. Providence Capital suggests that doing this could reduce the incoming heat by 45 percent.
Keep Appliances off During the Day
Dishwashers, stoves, and dryers can add a lot of heat to your house. That can cause your air conditioner to work harder and cost you more. Consider changing up your cleaning routine for the summer and run your appliances at night, when you can cool your house with chilly evening air instead of your air conditioner.
Consider investing in a clothesline, too. Using this to dry your clothes outside will not only save you money and help you do your laundry during the day, but this will also encourage you to get out and enjoy the sunshine.
Plant a Tree
According to Bankrate.com, planting shady trees and shrubs around your house can make your air conditioner 10 percent more efficient. Adding greenery will also make your home more appealing and will provide you with more shade when you’re outdoors.
Summertime is a time to be outside with friends, enjoying homegrown fruits and vegetables and playing at the pool. These simple tips and tricks to stay cool and save a little money this summer will keep you outside enjoying life with a little extra jingle in your pocket.