More people are working from home this summer and that means more residential electricity demand, and higher monthly bills for many.
Here are some tips from the U.S. Department of Energy to save some cold hard cash during the hot summer months.
- Replace or clean filters in your air conditioner. Schedule regular maintenance of equipment.
- Set your thermostat at a temperature you find comfortable and that provides humidity control, if needed. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.
- Install window coverings to prevent heat gain through your windows during the day.
- Use ceiling fans but turn them off when you leave the room. Remember that fans cool people, not rooms, by creating a wind chill effect.
- Seal cracks and openings to prevent warm air from leaking into your home. Insulate your attic and walls.
- Water heating accounts for about 18% of the energy consumed in your home. Take shorter showers and wash laundry in cold water.
- Use the bathroom fan when taking a shower or bath and a range hood when cooking. This helps remove heat and humidity from your home.
- Instead of heating your oven, prepare meals in the microwave or with an outside grill. Follow these safety tips when grilling and try out these recipes.
During the warm months, we’re especially grateful for natural gas. About 35% of natural gas is used to create electricity to power your homes and workplaces and keep you cool.