Update: This is one of my original blog posts that I’ve made some updates to. As the weather heats up, these tips will help you keep your electric bill down!
It’s heating up out there folks! There’s a month or two in between the winter freeze and summer heat where we hardly run the furnace or the air conditioning. Well, that time is over and we are running the A/C at our house.
So let’s dive into some easy ways to save money on your electric bill this summer.
I don’t know what it is about air conditioning, but some people think that they should be able to wear sweatpants, slippers, and a hoodie in the house all summer long.
You’re going to have a big bill to pay if you want to keep your house that cold. We try to keep our house comfortable, not arctic.
You’ll feel cooler if you wear shorts and a tank top in the house and run the A/C enough to be comfortable. If someone complains about being too warm, make sure they are wearing summer clothing before you crank the A/C.
Rotate the Curtains
In the winter we rotate the curtain to keep the heat in and the cold out. In the summer it’s the opposite.
Throughout the day, I close the curtains where the sun is shining in directly to help keep the heat out. I open the curtain where the sun isn’t coming in directly to keep our house bright so I don’t have to turn on the lights.
Update: The sun is intense where we moved to in Western Colorado. As we replaced window covering in our new home, I made sure to buy extra thick thermal/blackout curtains and shades and they make a massive difference! These thermal curtains are really good.
Don’t Turn on the Oven
Turning on the oven easily makes our house at least 5 degrees warmer. That means we have to run the air conditioning more to cool things down.
Our bedroom is right above the kitchen and I can feel our bedroom heating up if I’ve used the oven to make dinner. I hardly use our oven at all throughout the whole summer.
Fans are Good
I think fans are underrated. Sometimes you don’t need colder air, you just need air that is moving.
If you’re feeling warm, try turning on a ceiling fan or table fan before you turn the A/C on. Fans cost a lot less to run.
Just be sure that you turn fans off in rooms that aren’t in use. They can help people feel cooler, but they don’t actually cool the air.
Close Up Unused Rooms
Super simple: Don’t pay to cool rooms that nobody is using. We keep our guest room closed up. We can cool it down in a few hours if someone is coming to stay with us.
For a few summers, we closed off our entire upstairs, including our bedroom. We use window air conditioners and for a few years, we only had one big one for our main floor. We brought our bed downstairs and used the dining room as our bedroom for the summer!
Adjust Your Thermostat
Try to keep your house one or two degrees warmer than you did last year. Your body will adjust to the warmer temperature and you will save some money.
If you are gone for most of the day, adjust your thermostat so that you aren’t keeping your house cool while no one is home. If you have pets in the house, make sure you keep it cool enough for them.
When you’re super warm, do something to cool off instead of cranking the A/C.
Go for a swim or take a cold shower. Lowering your body temperature quickly will make your home more comfortable for you and keep you from running the air conditioning more than necessary.
Update Old Lightbulbs
When we bought our house, every single light fixture had old incandescent lightbulbs, which get quite hot. We’ve been gradually replacing these lightbulbs with LEDs, starting with the lights we have on most often.
Not only is this helping our electric bill because LED bulbs are so much more efficient, it’s also helping us keep our house cooler. I can actually feel the rooms with the old light bulbs get hotter!
Plant Some Shade
This is a long-term investment. If you own your home, think about planting trees on the side of your house that gets the most sun.
As the trees grow, you’ll get a lot of shade over your house which will help to keep it cool. You can feel burning hot in the sun, but 10 degrees cooler in the shade. Image how much that would help cool your house and shrink your utility bills.
I hope these tips help you lower your electric bill this summer!
How do you save money on summer utilities? What do you do to stay cool?