Is there ever really a time you don’t want to save money?
Most of us get a little more relaxed about spending in the summer and end up with huge bills to cap off every month. It stinks!
But these 5 tips on how to save electricity and gas this summer can make a huge dent in your monthly spending.
It leaves you more money for summer fireworks, summer patios and other summer shenanigans.
These tips can knock $100 off your bills next month if you take them seriously.
Turn down that water heater thermostat.
Your water heater is the 2nd largest home comfort expense, after the furnace in the winter, AC in the summer. Technically that makes it the 3rd largest.
The point is it’s expensive to keep hot water ready for showers, dishes, laundry, and so on.
But how hot do you actually need your water in the summer?
A steaming shower isn’t really what you want when it’s 30+ degrees outside, and cold water laundry detergent gets your clothes just as clean as hot water detergent.
So turn your water heater thermostat way down. Even as far as the vacation setting, and cut your water heating expenses in half.
Hang your laundry outside.
Get back to basics. Cut out the loud, expensive dryer and leave your laundry to dry in the summer breeze.
Your dryer takes about 45 minutes to get the laundry dry. Hanging outside, the laundry is dry in about 2 hours.
You’ve saved energy in two ways:
- You avoided running the dryer. That’s pretty straightforward.
- You didn’t heat up the house by running the dryer, and you didn’t turn on the air conditioning because of that added heat.
Way to save!
Install a SMART thermostat.
A SMART thermostat lets you create precise, customized cooling schedules.
Your air conditioner can automatically shut off when everybody in the house leaves for school and work. It can turn back on 15 minutes before anybody gets home. It can turn off in the evening when the sun goes down and you want to open the windows.
You can also change the schedule from your smartphone. So if nobody will be home until late, the system won’t cycle on at its regular interval.
According to research provided for the ENERGY STAR program, a SMART thermostat can save you about $180(USD) per year.
Switch to LED lights, but leave them off most of the time.
LED bulbs use less energy and last longer than any other type of light bulb on the market.
They don’t last just a little longer than standard bulbs. They last about 25 times longer.
Replacing 20 bulbs can save you about $70 per year.
How many light bulbs do you have in the house?
Cook on the BBQ whenever you can.
Cooking inside makes it hot and when it gets hot, you turn on the air conditioner.
Cooking outside gets you that vitamin D, keeps the house cool and is just overall better.
You don’t get to cook under the sun all year long, so take advantage of the good weather while you can.
If you want to save even more, consider ditching your water tank rental company and purchasing your own.