Summer will be here before we know it and now’s the time to prepare. Here are seven ways to keep your electric bill low during the summer:
- Air conditioner. Your air conditioner may account for 40% of your electric bill in the summer. According to House Logic, an air conditioner set at 70 degrees can cost twice as much to operate as one set at 78 degrees. Program your air conditioner to cool down an hour before you come home, instead of all day.
- Air filters. Replace your air filters regularly. House Logic advises that a clean air filter can save up to 10% on your electric bill. Clogged, dirty filters block air flow and make your air conditioner work harder.
- Windows. Keep windows and blinds drawn during the day to keep the sun out.
- Ceiling fan. Make sure your blades are moving counter clockwise to push the air down into the room. However, when you leave your home, make sure you turn off your fan. That can add to your electric bill.
- Lights. Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
- Oven. When it’s really hot outside, your oven may make it really hot inside. Your oven can heat up your kitchen, causing your electric bill to raise.
- Washer/Dryer. Save your laundry for the evening, as your washer and dryer won’t have to fight with your air conditioner.
Now’s the time to start preparing for summer — to contact a professional to help you, call your Shorewest, REALTOR® today!
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