The extreme summer temperatures call for air conditioning, and it definitely costs money to stay cool. More and more people are looking for ways to cut their energy use and lower their bills. Not only does it make an economic difference, but it also helps the environment. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to cut your electricity and water bills.
How to save money on your electricity bill.
- Use window AC units. A window unit uses less energy to cool a space than central air conditioning. You can also just cool the rooms you use with the window AC units.
- Don’t use AC in the basement. Hot air rises, so basements are usually cooler than the rest of the house.
- Have your AC serviced regularly. Debris can make your unit work harder than it needs to.
- Think beyond AC. During the day, draw the shades to prevent the sun from heating up your house. A dehumidifier can take stiffness out of the air and fans can circulate air throughout your home.
- Invest in a programmable thermostat. Automating temperatures can save you hundreds of dollars every year.
- Switch your washer to cold and skip the dryer if you can. You can save up to $150 a year by using cold water to wash your clothes. Instead of using a dryer, hang your clothes to dry on a clothesline.
- Unplug. Even if things are turned off, they still use electricity if they are plugged into the wall. Turn off lights and unplug everything when it’s not in use.
How to save money on your water bill.
- Go easy on the garbage disposal in the kitchen and use the dishwasher. Garbage disposals can require several gallons of water a day and dishwashers use less water than washing by hand.
- Plug the sink when you are shaving and turn off water when you’re brushing your teeth. It can save up to 600 gallons of water a month!
- Put mulch around your shrubs and water your lawn in the evening. Mulch prevents evaporation, keeping your plants healthy. If you water during the day, most will evaporate before it’s absorbed.