Staying cool in the summer can be expensive. Here are a few ideas to keep your electric bill under control:
• It takes three times as much energy per degree to cool a room as to heat a room. On milder days or evenings, consider opening your windows and using a window fan to circulate the air.
• Turn off power strips and electronics, including chargers, when they’re not in use. Even when electronics are in standby mode, they use electricity.
• Cook outside. It will save electricity and avoid oven and stove heat in the kitchen. When grilling, put on enough for two meals.
• Plan cold meals or use the microwave.
• Programmable thermostats will help you manage your home temperatures when nobody is home.
• Open up the dishwasher before the drying phase and allow items to air-dry.
• Install energy-efficient window treatments. They block out the sun and the heat.
• Make sure your ceiling fan is headed in the right direction: In the summer they should turn counter-clockwise at medium or high speed so the air is being pushed down.
• Examine your electricity bill to monitor your usage month to month.
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