Are you wondering how to save on utilities in the summer? Use the tips below to save money on your electric bill, water bill, and even your natural gas bill.
The summer months are great for camping, family barbecues, or just enjoying the warm weather. Summer months can also dramatically increase your electric bill. Between running the A/C and the kids being home for summer break, you can really break the budget just on electricity.
Thankfully, there are ways to save on your utilities during the summer. If you want to cut down your utilities this summer make sure to follow the tips below. Remember even just saving a few dollars a month on each of your utility bills adds up!
How to Save on Utilities in the Summer
Use a programable thermostat.
Using a programable thermostat is an easy way to cut down your energy usage. When you leave the home turn the temperature up higher so that your A/C doesn’t kick on as much. Sure, the house might be a little warm when you get home but it only takes a few minutes to cool it back down.
Use these tips on how to cool your house without using an air conditioner to save even more money on your electric bill.
Use energy-efficient lightbulbs.
Replacing your lightbulbs with energy-efficient lightbulbs can save you a nice chunk of change. The energy-efficient lightbulbs use less energy, they put out less heat, and they last longer than traditional lightbulbs. This is a very easy change to make in your home that won’t cost you a lot of money.
Call your electric company.
Most electric companies want their customers to use less energy, in fact, they encourage it. A lot of utility companies offer a free service where they come out to your home and give you tips on improving your energy usage. If your electric company offers these services, I highly suggest taking advantage of them.
Put your yard on a timer.
During the summer months, people tend to think they need to water their garden more due to the heat. This could not be further from the truth! Just because it’s hot outside doesn’t mean you need to water your yard more. However, you should water your yard during the very early morning hours or late at night. Watering during the early hours or late hours will allow the soil to absorb more of the water. When you water during the prime sunlight hours, the water dries before the soil has absorbed it. This is where using a timer for your garden will come in handy.
Here are 5 ways to conserve water to help you save more money on your water bill.
Don’t use the dryer.
Use cold water. During the summer cold water is warm enough to be effective when washing your laundry and it will save you money since you aren’t paying to heat the water.
Take advantage of the warm summer months and use a clothesline to dry your clothes. If you have a large family this can really cut your energy usage and reduce your monthly bill! Setting up a clothesline outside is very simple!
Here are more ways to save money on laundry.
Change the way you cook.
Using the oven during the summer months just makes your house even hotter. When you cook in the oven this just means your A/C needs to work harder to cool the house down. Start thinking of new recipes that require minimal time on the stove. You could use a toaster oven, George Forman Grill, the Crock-Pot, barbecue outside, or just enjoy a salad.
What tips do you have for saving on utilities during the summer months? Leave a comment and let us know!