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Your A/C unit provides relief from the heat, but it sure can burn a hole through your wallet. It’s normal for power bills to increase in the summer season, although it can be burdensome. Don’t worry though. There are tactics that you can implement in your home to help alleviate some of those high costs that summer brings.
Summer Turn Up!
The most common tool that people use to save money in the summer is their thermostat. It is honestly the best one that you have at your disposal. Turn your thermostat up when you’re going to be away from home. No need for a cool home when no one is there to enjoy it.
Budget billing is a good way to keep your power bill predictable all year long. Your power company will figure out your annual usage. From there they will take that average and divide it into 12 monthly payments. No more fluctuation during different seasons. You can always plan ahead because you will always know what your bill will be. Before signing up though, be sure to know what happens if you use more than the estimated average.
Changing your air filter every 30 days is a part of saving money on your energy bill. However, taking it to the next level will save you even more money. Instead of purchasing lots of disposable air filters to change every month, invest in a reusable air filter. Wash it, pop it back in, and you’re done! It costs more than disposable air filters initially, but in the long run, you save money by reusing it.
Blocking out the sun is essential in reducing your power bill. Invest in blackout curtains, shutters, white liners…etc. Do anything you can to block the summer sunlight from hitting your windows. By doing so, you’ll reduce the extra heat entering your home by up to 25%. Spend a couple dollars now to save money on your power bill later.
Summer Boiling Showers
Water heaters are the last appliance that people think of when it comes to decreasing their energy bill. However, they use about 18% of your home’s energy. To save on your bill, turn your water heater temperature down to 120 degrees. It will be better for your plumbing, save on your energy bill, and will help you avoid the risk of getting scalding hot water on your precious body.