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Yes, summer is upon us. Almost everyone looks forward to the summer, at least until we open our utility bills. When the humidity and thermometer rise in warm coastal states such as Florida, Alabama and South Carolina, air conditioners work overtime and utility bills often skyrocket.
Unless you live in the Yukon Territory, you have probably noticed the temperature is rising. Rising temperatures impact utility bills. Today’s average homeowner spends almost $2,000 per year to cool and heat his or her home. Of course, in the warmer Atlantic and Gulf Coast regions, homeowners allocate most of their utility expenditures toward cooling their home.
You will reduce your energy costs significantly, according to Consumer Energy Center in California, if you follow a few tips.
When you leave home, set your thermostat to 82 degrees. If you are gone for an extended length of time, do not turn off your air. This can lead to mold growth in humid coastal regions.
Set your hot water temperature to around 120 degrees. The U.S. Department of Energy says this will save consumers around $7 per month.
Replace your air conditioner filter about once a month. Even filters that claim to be good for three months may need more frequent replacement, depending on your air conditioner use.
The dishwasher can save you money. You can save a bundle on your water bill if you skip the pre-rinse stage for your dishes. Dishwashers are powerful enough to clean almost all items, as long as you scrape off the plate before loading it into the machine. Turning off the dry cycle at the end of the wash can also save you money.
Everyone wants the pool to be clean year round. However, try to cap the pool pump time to a maximum of five or six hours per day during the summer.
The microwave can equal macro savings. Microwave ovens use less energy than stoves. When possible, zap your food.
Buy a clothesline. It may seem “old school,” but drying your clothes can save you a nice chunk of change.
Unplug your cell phone. Charging your cell phone uses a lot of energy. In addition, it is not good for the device to charge it so frequently. Let the charge drop under 20 percent before recharging.
Consider a whole house fan. Installed in the attic, a whole house fan cools the home by blowing out the hot air through your attic.
Porous ducts are often one of the biggest money-wasters in any home. Have your air ducts tested for leaks. In addition, make sure to clean your air ducts regularly. Properly maintained ducts may save homeowners 25 percent on their air conditioning expenses.
Do you really need that spare fridge in your garage? If not, unplug it or sell it.
Here are some effortless ways to save on energy costs.
Turn off the light switch and ceiling fans when you leave a room. Ceiling fan motors actually add heat to a room, according to Energy Vanguard. Run ceiling fans only when people stay in rooms.
Open the blinds for lighting. Sunlight is a more effective way to brighten a room. It is also much cheaper than using artificial lighting.
Conserve water when you brush your teeth and shower and consider how frequently you flush your toilets.
It’s easy to set the thermostat and forget your sunroom door is open. Shut the doors and windows when your air conditioner runs.
Consider solar panels. Solar energy has grown in popularity. It may save you thousands of dollars over many years and it may help to reduce carbon emissions that could harm the environment. In addition, many of today’s home buyers like solar. Solar additions may also increase your home value.
The installation of solar equipment may require changes to your homeowners insurance policy. Always discuss solar upgrades or other home upgrades with your Frontline Insurance® agent to ensure you are adequately insured in the event of a loss.