People can use the six simple tips below to save energy and money during the summer, according to Tri-County Community Action Partnership Housing & Weatherization Director Jason Foy.
1. Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs: Replace traditional incandescent bulbs with energy-saving LED or CFL bulbs. These bulbs consume less electricity, produce less heat, and last longer, helping you save energy and reduce cooling costs.
2. Use less hot water: During hot summer months, take advantage of the warmer weather and reduce your hot water usage. Opt for cooler showers, use cold water for laundry whenever possible, and consider washing dishes by hand instead of using the dishwasher's hot water cycle.
3. Adjust your air conditioner temperature: Set your air conditioner's thermostat a few degrees higher than usual. Even a small change, such as increasing the temperature by 2-3 degrees Fahrenheit, can significantly reduce energy consumption and save you money on cooling expenses.
4. Utilize natural ventilation: Take advantage of cooler evening or early morning temperatures by opening windows and allowing fresh air to circulate throughout your home. This can help cool down your living space without relying solely on air conditioning.
5. Keep south-facing window blinds closed during the day: When the sun is at its peak, close the blinds or curtains on windows facing south. This helps to block out the direct sunlight and prevents solar heat gain, reducing the workload on your air conditioner and keeping your home cooler.
6. Minimize heat from appliances: Appliances such as ovens, stoves, and clothes dryers generate heat, which can increase the temperature in your home. Try to limit their usage during the hottest parts of the day, or consider using them in the evening when outdoor temperatures are cooler.
By implementing these energy-saving tips, you can reduce your energy consumption, lower your utility bills, and contribute to a more sustainable environment.
Contact you local Community Action Agency to find out if you're eligible for free or low-cost weatherization upgrades to your home.