Lower Electric Bills – How to Beat the Summer Heat

Electricity bills skyrocket in the summer as air conditioners run longer hours. This is especially true at homes near a lake.

Make sure you know all of these tips to lower electric bills during the summer.

Home Maintenance 

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Check for cracks around doors and windows. Cracks that cause cool air to leak can increase energy cost 15 to 30 percent.

Make sure to seal any cracks with caulk or weather stripping to lower electric bills.

Air Conditioning Maintenance

Do not forget to change your filters regularly throughout the year and have your system assessed by a professional prior to hot summer months.

A clean, properly running system will lower electric bills by using less energy to produce cold air.

Unplug Appliances and Electronics

Everything from televisions to toaster ovens use electricity – even when not in use. Cell phone charges left plugged in still pull some electricity when the phone is disconnected.

To lower electric bills be sure to make everyone in the family aware that electronic devices and appliances should be unplugged when not in use.

Adjust Timing of Usage

Ovens, dryers and other heat producing appliances cause the AC unit to work harder. Using these items early in the morning and late at night keeps the unit from having to fight appliance and midday heat at the same time.

Adjusting use of washing machines and other electronic devices can also helper lower electric bills. Power companies charge higher fees for electricity used during daylight peak hours than off-peak hours.

Most state companies such as Alabama and Georgia have their daily, seasonal and peak rates posted online.

Utilize Shade and Fansman installing ceiling fan

Keeping blinds and curtains closed helps to lower electric bills by keeping the heated rays of the sun out of the house.

Having window plants and shady trees will help cut down on power usage as well as brighten up your yard.

Adding fans to the rooms in your home aids in the circulation of cool air.

Shade from the sun and better air circulation prevent the AC unit from having to run on high all day.

Benefits of Lower Electric Bills

Lowering your electrical bills saves money and helps the environment by conserving energy.

Utilizing these tips will keep your house, AC and landscaping maintenance on a regular schedule which protects the value of your home.

Lastly, not allowing electronics to be used during peak hours means your family will spend the day outside splashing in the lake.

For more cost-saving tips, read our “Inexpensive Quick Tips to Save on Energy Costs” and “10 Energy Saving Tips for the Hot Summer Months” articles!

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