The summer months can really put a strain on your wallet, especially if you are careless about where your energy is actually going. Fortunately, it isn’t very difficult to correct bad habits – all it takes is a little bit of knowledge and a lot of perseverance! Here are a few helpful tips that will point you in the right direction to saving as much on your summer energy bills.
Don’t leave the AC on if you are not going to be in the house. There is no reason to cool an empty house – after all, your TV doesn’t sweat! Try to remember to shut off the air conditioning before you leave the house to go to the store. After all, it’s really easy to just turn it on when you get back.
Do not leave doors and windows open. Many people confuse having a swamp cooler with having an actual air conditioning unit – the former is the one that you are supposed to leave windows cracked for. If you leave the doors or windows open with an AC unit you are only wasting cold air – trying to cool a large house with the front door open is about as futile as trying to cool down the sun.
Use a fan if it is possible. If your house isn’t too hot you should always consider using a fan to circulate the air before you resort to switching on the air conditioning – it’s surprising how much energy this alone can save! However, this may not be a good route for you to take if there are and infants or elderly people in your house.
The hardest part about conserving energy during the summer is actually remembering to take the steps to do it – how many times have you accidentally left the house without even thinking about turning the AC off? You may find it helpful to write yourself little notes to place on the door so that you see them on a frequent basis.