Did you know that the average home spends about $1600 a year on energy costs? It’s true that the cost of energy, i.e. your water and electric bills, can really add up if you don’t pay close attention to it, especially during the warmer summer months while the AC is running all day long. Here are a few simple ways that you can lower your energy bills and help save the environment at the same time!
- Be a Speedy Chef - Nothing is more energy efficient for cooking than your microwave. It uses two-thirds less energy than your stove.
- Push a Button to Wash Your Dishes - Surprise! Your dishwasher uses less water than washing dishes by hand. Then let dishes air-dry to save even more!
- Fill Up the Fridge - Having lots of food in your fridge keeps it from warming up too fast when the door is open. So your fridge doesn't have to work as hard to stay cool.
- Adjust the Thermostat - Set your thermostat so that it is cooler when you are home and warmer when you are away. Use ceiling or room fans – the air movement will help cool the room.
- Eliminate Wasted Energy - Turn off appliances, lights, and electronic devices when not in use. Unplug any unnecessary electronic devices and chargers. Many new electronics use electricity even when switched "off."
These tips are designed to help you choose effective ways to reduce your energy bills. Some measures may not be relevant depending on climate, the age of your home/appliances, and past improvements made to your home.
Cutting back unnecessary energy use is an easy way to reduce energy consumption while saving money. Use the tips above to help reduce your energy use this summer and help the environment.