Appliance Smarts for Summer Energy Savings
Posted by: Anna | 07/08/2014 at 02:04 PM
Warm weather, backyard barbecues and pool parties are all great signs that summer has finally arrived. One not-so-great sign is a costly electricity bill brought on by soaring temperatures.
A main contributor to higher summer bills is the electricity consumed by your household appliances. We all know ditching these handy devices isn’t an option, but there are ways to save.
Here are a few ideas to help cut appliance energy costs this summer:
- Upgrade Your Appliances – Energy Star certified appliances are a government-backed symbol for energy efficiency. Paying a little extra now can generate good savings in the long run.
- Avoid Peak Hours – All appliances emit heat. Do your best to avoid using them between the hours of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
- Evade the Oven – A hot oven can radiate unwanted heat, causing your AC unit to run excessively on sizzling summer days. Head outside and fire up the grill or use your microwave (which cooks quicker and doesn’t warm up your house in the process) instead.
- Take Advantage of Your Dishwasher – Running your dishwasher uses less water than washing dishes by hand. For maximum efficiency, turn off your dishwasher’s heated dry option and make sure to only run a cycle when it’s full.
- Save on Laundry – Save as much as four percent on your energy bill by washing your clothes in cold water and line drying whenever possible. When you have to use the dryer, make sure to run full loads and clean out the lint trap after each use.
Lowering energy costs over the sweltering summer months doesn’t have to be a drag! Practice these simple steps and you’ll be well on your way to a lower energy bill.
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