With warmer weather rolling in and spring just around the corner, it’s time to think of ways to start keeping our houses cooler instead of warmer. Being greener here and there not only helps the environment, but also helps your pocketbook. We gathered 12 tips from around the Internet (with links so you can read more) to serve as a guide for saving energy and money this spring.
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1. Install a ceiling fan to circulate air and cool down the room. This simple step will reduce the work your air conditioner has to do, and it’ll create a nice breeze throughout the house. (Read More)
2. As the weather warms up, use the grill to cook instead of the stove and oven, which heat up the kitchen. Using smaller kitchen appliances is also a good idea because it uses less energy and creates less heat for your air conditioner to cool down. (Read More)
3. If you do use the stove, be sure to turn on the fan above to get rid of all the extra heat. (Read More)
4. Clean your air conditioner filters monthly! This may seem insignificant, but clogged up, dirty filters don’t allow your air conditioner to work efficiently. Cleaner filters means better working air conditioner – and all of that means saving money! (Read More)
5. Switch from incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs. This small change can save you $30-$40 per bulb over their lifetime, and they create less heat. (Read More)
6. Close your blinds or curtains during the hottest parts of the day. This keeps the sun from heating up your house and the air conditioner from having to do extra work. (Read More)
7. Use a dehumidifier, but make sure it’s not too big for your home. The right size depends on the square footage of the house, and too big of a dehumidifier can actually end up costing more money. When you find the right size, it’s a great way to cool down and keep your energy costs low. (Read More)
8. Wash your clothes with cold water whenever possible and don’t use too much soap. Heating up water uses energy and over-soaping can make your washer work harder than its needs to. Washing full loads each time instead of single items saves money and time (double whammy!). (Read More)
9. Clean up your drying: clean out the lint after each load, don’t use more heat on a load than necessary, dry loads back-to-back while the dryer is still warm and hang your clothes to dry if the weather is nice enough. (Read More)
10. Keep your refrigerator running smoothly by setting the temperatures between 37-40 degrees and the freezer at 0 degrees. Also make sure the refrigerator is level so that the door seals properly, not letting any unnecessary heat in the refrigerator. (Read More)
11. The dishwasher can use up to 15 gallons of hot water per load and electricity to operate it. Washing dishes by hand or only using the dishwasher when it is fully loaded are great ways to save money and energy. (Read More)
12. Be sure to turn off the lights! This simple step can save a lot of money, since lighting can make up nearly 11% of your monthly energy bill. (Read More)