How to Save on Costs and Energy Usage

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The golden days of summer are perfect for baseball, tanning, and chasing the ice cream truck. However, the scorching temperatures of this season do a number on our energy costs. Of course you can set the thermostat a few degrees higher to try and cut back, but try this list of simple changes to make your home more efficient and your energy bills less painful.

In the Kitchen:

  • Adjust the water temperature to low on the dishwasher, or use the “efficiency” cycle if you have one.
  • Turn off the dishwasher after a cycle of cleaning, leave the door open and let dishes air dry.
  • If you don’t have a full load of dishes, hand wash! You might even find that you enjoy it.
  • Put your grill to good use this summer. Everyone loves a great burger, and the more you can keep the oven off, the better.

 

In the Bathroom:

  • Set a timer to shorten your showers, or try a few minutes of colder water in the morning (bonus, it will wake you up even before that first cup of coffee)!
  • Make sure your hot water pipes and the water heater are well insulated.
  • Laundry:
  • Keep the dryer lint trap clean to help the dryer run more efficiently.
  • Even better, toss in only the clothes you must dry, hang everything else to air dry.
  • Remember to adjust your water level for smaller loads.
  • Wash in cold water whenever you can.

 

The AC:

  • Before the start of each season, have a professional do regular maintenance to ensure that the unit is performing at its best.
  • A programmable thermostat will help you keep cooling costs low while you’re away.
  • Close the door and registers in rooms you don’t use- don’t pay to cool a room you’re never in.

 

Consider Upgrades:

  • Update insulation in the garage, attic, or an unfinished basement.
  • If your appliances are dated, splurging on more efficient ones will save you in the long run.
  • Efficient lightbulbs are pricier, but last longer than their less expensive counterparts.
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