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We're into the month of July, which means the hottest days of summer are soon to come. On especially hot days, it's so tempting to keep the AC running almost all of the time. Not surprisingly, this can result in a high energy bill at the end of each summer month. Luckily, there are a variety of things you can do to keep your energy bills low throughout the summer. Try these ideas on for size.
Changing the Filter in the Air Conditioner
The filter in an air conditioner can become clogged with dirt, dust, and pet hair in a relatively short period of time. When an air conditioner's filter is clogged, it takes longer for the system to cool down a home. Putting a clean air filter in the air conditioner helps the system to operate in an efficient way.
Hang Laundry to Dry Outside
Using the clothes dryer every day can certainly add to your monthly energy bill. One alternative is to hang clothing to dry on a clothesline outside. Aside from helping to lower a household's energy bill, clothing that dries outside can take on a fresh scent that many people appreciate.
Adjust the Ceiling Fan
Setting the ceiling fan to turn counterclockwise in the summertime is another idea for folks who want to lower their energy bills. When a fan's paddles travel counterclockwise, they force air downward, creating a breeze underneath. Turning off the air conditioner for a while and turning on the ceiling fan can help to save energy.
Close the Curtains
I love large windows that let lots of sunlight into the rooms of a home. However, this sunlight can heat up a room, causing an air conditioning system to work overtime. One solution is to close the curtains on these windows when the sunlight starts to pour in. You may have to close the curtains for just two or three hours a day, but this simple practice can prevent the temperature from rising inside.
Install Window Film
Installing window film is an inexpensive way to keep too much heat from coming into a home. You simply apply it to the inside surface of any window that lets in a lot of sunlight. The film filters the sunlight and allows you to maintain a comfortable room temperature without having to close the curtains.
Unplug Appliances and Other Devices
Appliances burn electricity even when they are not being used. This can needlessly add to a household's energy bill. Unplugging appliances such as the toaster, microwave, blender, and coffee maker can help lower your energy bills. Also, try unplugging your computer at night to give it a break and to keep it from using electricity.
Turn the Lights Off
Turning lights off in unoccupied rooms is another way to save on the monthly energy bills. Plus, burning lights can raise the temperature in a room, causing the air conditioner to kick on. Teaching kids to turn off the lights when they leave the bathroom, laundry room, etc., can also help them establish a lifelong habit of energy conservation.
Operate a Dehumidifier
Dehumidifiers are relatively inexpensive and can lower the temperature in a room. Sometimes, running a dehumidifier for a while allows you to give your air conditioner a well-deserved break. Be sure to give your houseplants a drink with the water you collect in your dehumidifier.
Thanks for reading! - Alan