Oh yeah, Summer! Sun-drenched days filled with pool time, barbecues and outdoor adventures are just around the corner.
But as the temps heat up, you don’t want your utility bill to do the same.
Here are 8 tips on how to lower your energy usage and costs this summer:
- Keep shades and drapes closed, especially on sunny sides of your apartment.
- Turn on your ceiling fan, in addition to your AC. By using a ceiling fan, you can raise the thermostat by about 4 degrees without any reduction in comfort. Just remember to turn the fan off when you’re not in the room, as fans cool people – not rooms – by creating a wind chill effect.
- Make sure your air registers aren’t blocked by furniture or other items. Vacuum them regularly, too, to remove any dust buildup.
- On extra hot days, use your oven in the morning or late evening when outdoor temperatures are lower. Or instead, cook on the stove, use your microwave or grill outside to avoid adding extra heat to your apartment.
- While at work or away from your apartment, keep the temperature warmer than normal. When you’re at home, set the thermostat to 78 degrees or warmer. For every degree warmer, you can reduce your cooling costs by up to 3-5 percent!
- When on vacation, set your thermostat to 85 degrees or turn it off completely.
- Avoid placing lamps near your thermostat, as it can sense the heat and cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
- Turn on the bathroom fan while taking a shower or bath to help remove heat and humidity.
Sources: U.S. Department of Energy and Lincoln Electric System (LES)