Summer is on the horizon, and with it comes hotter temperatures – and higher utility bills. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015 the average amount spent on utilities by consumers was $3,885!!
Did you know saving energy can also save you a lot of money? Follow these tips below and you’ll be seeing green!
Change Out Lightbulbs
Did you know that swapping your 5 most frequently used lightbulbs in your home with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) can save $65 per year? As a bonus, they are also brighter and last 6-10 times longer!
- Always turn off lights when leaving a room. Turning off just one 60-watt incandescent bulb that would otherwise burn eight hours a day can save about $15 per year! (Energy Star)
Phantom Energy Sucks
Electronics like cell phone chargers use electricity even when on stand-by mode. This “phantom” power load accounts for 15% of household electricity usage. Unplug electronics when not in use, or use a power strip to help avoid unnecessary energy use.
Showers Over Baths
A ten-minute shower can use less water than taking a bath. Limit those bubble baths whenever possible and switch to a low-flow shower head that can also save you up to $150 per year on electricity.
Cold Water Laundry
Hot water accounts for about 90% of the energy your washing machine uses to wash clothes — only 10% goes to electricity used by the washer motor. Switching to cold water-only laundry can save more than $40 per year!
Don’t Touch The Thermostat
Summer months cause a strain on your AC and your wallet. Cut costs by setting the thermostat between 74 and 78 degrees. Change the AC filter regularly and shut the blinds or drapes to keep the sun’s rays out.
- Setting your thermostat too low can actually freeze your unit, which makes it stop working altogether. If your AC isn’t working, turn it off and give it a few hours to thaw before turning back on.
Even small changes like these can make a big difference with your monthly utility bills. What energy-saving habits do you practice?