Today is the official first day of Summer, and we all know that the warmer months ahead bring higher electricity bills.
If the weather is going to be anything like last year we can expect soaring temperatures in some parts of the U.S.
There are several simple steps you can take to stay cool and save money:
- Program the thermostat. Give the air conditioner a break during the work day. Shifting the settings to allow higher daytime temperatures could cut the average electric bill by $180 a year.
- Clean, clean, clean. Clean air filters monthly for central air and individual window or wall units. Dirt and dust hinder air flow, reducing efficiency.
- Close the blinds. Rooms get hotter without shades or curtains to block the sunlight, especially with south- and west-facing windows.
- Use fans. A breeze makes the room feel a few degrees cooler. Just make sure to turn it off when you leave the room.
- Avoid chores during the day. The hotter the space, the harder an air conditioner must work to keep things cool. Limit the use of appliances like the oven, dishwasher and clothes dryer when temperatures outside are hottest.
For more information on energy saving solutions, visit our sister company Mr. Electric’s website.