As the brunt of the summer heat is just around the corner, I'm sure you are already preparing for those bills. There are a few tings you can do to keep the heat and their associated costs to a minimum.
Instead of cranking that AC down to a cool 68º, try raising the temperature 3 or 4 degrees and switching on the fan. The circulating air will make you feel cooler without the stress of an expensive HVAC bill. Another thing you may want to look into is your windows. West-facing windows tend to be hotter; cover those with curtains and always make sure that are sealed properly as to not let in an excess amount of heat.
Your appliances are also a major factor in heating up your house. Avoid using your oven, stove, or microwave as that not only cooks your food but cooks the inside of your home. If you need to prepare a meal, try and use the microwave as your first option; it uses the least amount of energy and heats things up faster!
Maybe you are taking some time off work or your guests just left after their week-long stay? Close off those unused rooms like extra bedrooms, in-home offices, or bonus rooms. If you close the vents as well as the doors, you're theoretically reducing the size of the space you're asking your HVAC unit to cool, in turn, saving you tons of money.
If you're just looking for some general energy saving tips for year around, we've got those too!
- Use dimmers on your lights
- Invest in motion sensing lights - especially for outside
- Switch out your light bulbs for LED bulbs (they're not all fluorescent anymore!)
- Only do full loads of laundry - don't waste water or electricity washing only one dirty towel
- Skip the dryer! Switch to the old-fashioned clothes line if you know it's going to be a gorgeous day outside