Ways to Save on Your Electric Bill This Summer
Now that the hot weather is here, we all need to look at ways to save on our electric bills this summer. Using air conditioners can make our electric bills double or even triple during the summer months and every penny counts. Read on to find out some valuable ways to save on your electric bill this summer.
Tips For Saving on Electric Bills This Summer
Close Blinds or Shades During the Day: The sun can make rooms get hot during daytime hours. To keep them cooler, keep shades and blinds closed. That way, you may not need to turn on the air conditioner as often.
Use Fans Instead of Air Conditioners: Another great tip for saving on your electric bill this summer is to use fans instead of an air conditioner. Fans use a lot less electricity so they are a more efficient way to stay cool.
- Placing a box fan in the window in the early morning and night time hours, when its cool outside, is a great way to keep indoor temperatures down. Open other windows in the house for cross circulation.
- Keep fans pointed directly at you or your house guests when it’s very hot.
- You can also use the ‘auto’ fan setting on your central air conditioning to circulate air while keeping costs down.
Use the Air Conditioner Efficiently: Using an air conditioner efficiently can also save you money.
- Keep your thermostat set to a higher temperature so your air conditioner doesn’t need to work as hard to keep our house cool. 78 degrees is recommended as a comfortable, energy efficient temperature setting.
- Investing in an energy efficient air conditioner is another way to help you save on your electric bill this summer.
- Avoid keeping appliances that give off heat near your air conditioner thermostat.
Consider Switching Your Electric Utility Company
During this time of the year, it may seem like a wise idea to look into switching your electric utility company to one that offers lower rates. If you are going to try to make a switch, here are some things you should be aware of:
- Don’t give out your electric bill or account number before you have made a decision to switch companies. Beware of scams that may compromise your security.
- Make sure the rate you are being offered is going to be your permanent rate. Beware of promotional or introductory offers that may cause your bill to go up a few months into service.
- Beware of unnecessary fees. Exit and monthly fees are very common examples of these and occur when customers end a contract early. Monthly fees can inflate the rates you are paying each month. Exit fees should be capped at $50 and can be avoided if you cancel within 10 days of the charges appearing on the first bill.
There are many ways you can save on your electric bill this summer. You can find ways to lower the amount of electricity you are using, switch providers or both. If you decide to switch providers, don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions to avoid hidden fees that can get you in the long run. Good luck staying cool and saving money this summer!