As the temperature continues to rise, so do your cooling costs. While a sure fire way to reduce energy costs is to turn your AC off, who really wants to do that in the sweltering summer? Instead, keep your home cool without those high energy costs by implementing the following energy saving tips.
Free and Fast Energy Savers
Turn off the lights whenever you leave the room. I know this is easier said than and many people have a hard time getting into the routine. If, however, you can simply flip the switch when you’re not in the room, you will start to notice a reduction in your electricity bill. Another option is to turn off the lights during the day and opening the curtains. This will allow natural, free light to flood the room. Keep in mind, however, that the sunlight now illuminating the room can actually raise the temperature inside.
Choosing cold or cool water to wash your clothes in can save you money. It is estimated that using cold water instead of hot to launder items can save you up to $100 annually. Furthermore, washing clothing in cold water reduces the chance of fading and prolongs the life of the clothing. And while you’re at it, make sure to clean the lint trap of the dryer after each use. For even more energy savings, use the tumble dry setting with no heat.
You can also reduce energy costs in the kitchen by only running the dishwasher when you have a full load. Also, avoid unnecessary cycles, such as the sanitize cycle, which is not needed on every load and simply wastes energy. Furthermore, you can reduce electricity costs while helping to keep your home cool by using the microwave instead of the stove or oven to prepare food.
Energy Saving Investments
Find a trusted HVAC company to perform preventive maintenance on your air conditioner, preferably before the summer season starts. Preventive maintenance gives you the chance to correct any potential problems that would lead to costly AC repair Boston before it occurs. And when the AC is maintained properly, it runs more efficiently and reduces energy costs.
If your ac unit is a part of a HVAC system with older model thermostats, consider replacing them with newer, more energy-efficient models that are programmable. These models give you the ability to designate when to turn off or turn on the air conditioning unit. Even when you’re not home, you can program the thermostat to shut the air conditioner off at a certain time. Simply programming the thermostat to shut the air conditioner off at a certain temperature when you’re not home is a huge energy saver.