We all know how much saving up a bit of money on the side can mean, regardless of how well-off we are. Aside from that, reducing energy waste in your home can be a smart and energy-efficient way to help our environment. With some attention and dedication, you can do wonders for your wallet. So, be a responsible homeowner, and follow these pieces of advice.
Know When to Turn the AC off
Imagining the world without the AC is borderline impossible nowadays. The boiling hot heat waves are making our lives unbearable with these devices, as it is. However, keeping the AC on throughout the summer has multiple downsides to it. Even if this was completely healthy (which, let us assure you, it isn’t), it still wouldn’t be too smart to keep the thing on for days and nights on end.
First of all, as we all know it, the AC turns into a huge money guzzler during the summer and turning it off, at least during the night can be of huge benefit to your budget. Instead of sleeping with the device turned on, open a couple of windows and make the draft work for your convenience. This is especially helpful in areas where the air cools during nighttime.
Secondly, the more hours (days are in question here, to be honest) your AC spends working, the more frequent the cleaning and maintenance will have to take place and this obviously costs money.
Learn How to Use Your Thermostat
The thermostat is a huge summer convenience, as we are well aware of, however it is easy to get carried away with it. Instead of entering your home from the boiling hot concrete and setting your thermostat to the lowest possible setting, make sure you’ve spent at least 10 minutes in your house (perfect for a quick shower) and then setting it to the highest comfortable temperature. This will, however, take some practice, getting used to and control, so a bit of dedication and patience will go a long way in saving up, as well as paying tribute to the global energy efficiency.
Be Wary of Your Lighting and Appliances
This may sound trivial, but your lighting can prove to be quite the heater when the heater is the last thing you need. Overusing the lighting will not only unnecessarily waste a lot of energy, but also make you turn your thermostat to a lower setting, which is a huge energy guzzler in itself.
When it comes to appliances, using your oven might not be such a good idea, energy and money-wise. Instead, opt for cooking on the stove or using a microwave. In fact, hey, it’s summer – the best season for grilling outside.
When it comes to doing your laundry and dishwashing, make sure you wash only full loads of clothes and dishes – this will save up a lot of energy and it only takes a bit of planning. Buying an Energy Star Certified washing machine is the next step into energy efficiency, if you are looking to raise even more environmental awareness.
Keep the Hot Air Outside
No matter how advanced your AC system is, if you haven’t properly sealed cracks and openings on the outside of your home, you are still going to have a lot of trouble keeping things cool. We advise calling up experts on this one and always opting for PVC windows.
It may be easier to keep things cool within your house by cranking the thermostat way down, but this is definitely not going to be convenient for your energy efficiency, or your pocket. The outlined advice take little or no investment and only a bit of dedication and getting used to, while the benefits can truly be huge.
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