With the hot summer days ahead, people will often see a rise in bills as air conditioners begin to work overtime. In fact, air conditioners can sometimes account for up to 50% of your summer hydro bills! Luckily, there are some things you can do to help lessen the cost. Here are some tips to save on your hydro bill this summer.
Window and Door Treatments
During the winter months, window and door air leakages account for 25% of heating costs; which immediately translates to cooling once the summer months roll around. Weather stripping your doors and windows is the perfect way to seal in your cool air and lower your bills. another tip is that sunlight streaming through your window can really heat up your home. Shut those blinds and curtains, particularly on west-facing windows on hot days in order to keep your house cool.
It’s summer, so what better way to save energy than use the sun and some fresh air? Forego the cost of drying your clothes and air dry. Put your clothes on an outdoor clothesline and get that ‘summer breeze’ smell on your clothes for free by hanging them to dry. Or, if you don’t have the outdoor space, you can air dry your clothes inside using a drying rack.
There are so many different options when it comes to programmable thermostats these days that you can easily find one to suit your specific needs. Of course, you may be wondering why we’d suggest spending money when you’re supposed to be saving. The difference you’ll see in your monthly bills after installing a programmable thermostat will be astonishing! Setting your thermostat to change to 18 degrees while you are sleeping and when you leave the house can reduce your heating costs up to 10% alone.
Instead of turning on the air conditioner, the biggest culprit in hydro bill surges, consider using fans. In fact, using a ceiling fan instead of an air conditioner during the summer can save you about $20 a month. This will make a huge difference to those of you using room air conditioners as they contribute more to summer peak demand for electricity than any other household appliance!
Turning on an oven or stove during the summer acts against you in two major mays. Not only does it use energy to cook, it also heats the home that you’re desperately fighting to cool! Of course, you could work more with the microwave but that doesn’t bring forth great meal choices. Our suggestion? Use your BBQ! This is the season made specifically for you to get out and grill and it’s a great way to save on energy during the summer months.
The warmer months can be a little hard on the wallet. Using any and all of these tips will be sure to help you take a huge bite out of your hydro bill this summer. Be sure to check out more helpful tips and tricks by following the Falconcrest blog series!