15 Summer Energy Saving Tips
Staying cool all summer long can be difficult for some New Jersey residents. The solution? Close the blinds and crank up that air conditioning! But, lowering your thermostat means raising your energy bill. So, how can you stay cool and keep your energy costs low this summer?
We’ve listed 15 summer energy saving tips that can be easily implemented throughout your home.
How to Reduce Your Energy Consumption During the Summer
- Keep your shades closed – Try to keep your New Jersey home cooler during the hottest hours of the day by keeping window shades closed. You may not receive as much natural light gleaming through your windows, but you may reduce your in-home temperature a few degrees and save some hard earned cash in the process.
- Turn up the thermostat – Bumping your thermostat up a couple degrees during the summer means your air conditioner runs for shorter periods of time. As a result, less electricity is used to cool your home and reduces your energy bill.
- Schedule a cooling system tune-up – Scheduling an annual tune-up for your cooling system dramatically increases the energy efficiency of your air conditioner or heat pump and reduces operating costs. Not to mention, having a professional service your cooling system can catch minor issues and prevent mid-summer breakdowns, saving you an expensive repair appointment in the future.
- Run pool pumps less – If you own a pool, consider reducing the amount of time you run its pump for. Pool pumps are a large consumer of electricity during the summer, and lessening its operating time just 30 minutes a day could result in big savings in the long term.
- Create a cross-breeze – Open screened windows and doors on opposite sides of your home to create a cross-breeze, eliminating the need to rely on an air conditioner to cool your home.
- Use a grill to cook food – Can’t take the heat? Then get out of the kitchen—literally. Using a stovetop or oven to cook your family’s meals increases temperatures in your home and causes your air conditioner to kick on more frequently. Consider cooking meals outside on a grill or using a microwave when possible.
- Complete chores in the morning or evening – Cleaning the bathroom, vacuuming, laundry, and other household chores can raise your own body temperature, causing it to feel warmer in your home than it really is. Do your chores in the morning or evening to avoid working during the hottest part of the day.
- Turn the lights off – Reduce the amount of electricity consumed in your home and take advantage of summer’s long days.
- Fill up the refrigerator – Having lots of food in your fridge keeps it from warming up too fast when the door is open and cycling on more often.
- Clean and/or replace air conditioner filters – Cleaning, unclogging, and replacing your air conditioner filters increases air flow in your home, increases your AC’s efficiency levels, and allows your cooling system to operate for shorter periods of time.
- Upgrade your appliances – Get rid of old, less energy-efficient appliances and upgrade to ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances. Studies revealed that making the switch to ENERGY STAR appliances can significantly reduce the amount of electricity consumed in your home this summer. ENERGY STAR Savings Calculator »
- Turn on fans – Ceiling fans keep your family cool and use less energy than turning on your air conditioner. Don’t have ceiling fans? A simple desktop fan placed on a nightstand or end table works too!
- Wash your clothes in cold water – Washing your clothes in cold water means your hot water heater can save its water for showers and the dishwasher—and reduce the amount of electricity or natural gas used.
- Dry laundry using a clothes line – Instead of running your dryer for an hour, consider hanging wet clothes on an outdoor line to dry.
- Unplug extra refrigerators and freezers – Many New Jersey homeowners have a second fridge or a large chest freezer. Unplugging any extras—and any other unused appliances—will reduce the amount of energy consumed in your home this summer.
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