One big cost in the summer is your electric bill. I am sure as the temperatures are on the rise you are watching your bill sky rocket as well with your increasing need for air conditioners and fans, but that does not need to be the case. Here are a few ways to watch that bill stay down and maybe even fall. For us the biggest accomplishment was keeping our family comfortable while our summer electric bill down here in Florida was only $100 a month last year!
How to save on your Electric Bill
Hang your laundry out to dry. Let the sun and warm summer breeze dry your laundry as well as give it a fresh air smell. In return you will be spending less money on running your dryer, the cooling bill from the added heat your dryer produces, and making your clothing last longer. For larger families this is a lot of work but the return is huge.
Turn out the lights. Did you know your light bulb produces more heat then it does light? Your raising your heating cost as well as running that bulb for no reason when you forget to shut that light off. Train your family to turn lights off when they are not needed. GE 13-Watt Energy SmartTM – 8 Pack – 60 watt replacement
Black out the windows during the heat of the day. Between 11 and 1 the heat is at its highest with the sun and your best defense is to keep the sun out. If you have more then one floor keep the upper floors blocked off all day. Eclipse Suede 42-Inch by 84-Inch Thermaback Blackout Panel, Black
Cutting your electric bill is easy
Run your appliances in the late night or early morning for a lower cooling cost and your electric company may have a discount rate for use during non peak hours. Don’t be afraid to wash the days laundry after dark and hang first thing. Run the dish washer at night and unload when your cooking breakfast.
Cook out side. Don’t heat the house up cook outside. Use the grill or even a solar oven for even more savings. Sunflair #1 Portable Solar Oven, Cookware Included
Use power strips for your TV, toaster, and any thing you do not need to leave plugged in all day. Just don’t put your refrigerator on one. 😉 turn them off when you leave a room and enjoy the fact your bill will drop with less use of phantom power.
Turn your water heater down and make it work less. Not only is it safer to keep it at 120 degrees or under to keep children from getting burnt. Plus it costs less to run it. Start your washer and dish washer at the same time to empty the tank at once leading to less cost for it to re heat. If you have more then one bathroom take advantage by having the kids take baths and showers two at a time.
Give your freezer a boost. A full freezer costs less to keep cold. Fill any gaps in the freezer with bottles of water to help it stay colder without kicking on as often.
Buy chargers that run on solar power to charge devices using the sun rather then your electric.