1. Keeping Blinds Closed
This was a big one for us. The heat from the sun shining through makes our house much warmer and therefore the air is on longer. Closing the blinds makes a big difference. The past few cold days we’ve had, I’ve kept them open to help heat the home a bit as well.
2. Program Your Thermostat
If you’re at work all day or when you’re sleeping at night, you can get away with turning the air up (or heat down) a bit. If you program your thermostat, you won’ t have to mess with it often. Ours is set for each day of the week and times of the day. We also leave our upstairs thermostat off as much as possible.
3. Use Convection Ovens
They take less time to heat up and cool down. They’re perfect for casseroles and small dinners.
4. Change Air Filters
I set a reminder on my phone to change the air filters monthly. Replacing them consistently will help your air conditioner run better and last longer.
5. Unplug Appliances
If they aren’t in use, unplug them.
6. Use Cold Water For Laundry
and really anything else you can use it for. Do you laundry that needs hot water in bulk and the smaller loads using cold water.
7. Take Quick Showers
The less you use hot water, the more you save!
8. Look at your BILL!
A lot of energy companies will come out to your house to do an assessment if you think your bill is too high. Pay attention to it every month. Also, call and ask them what discounts they have. Ask them how you can save on your bill.
Thanks for this post! I'm a poor college student in my first apartment so I'm all about being as energy efficient as possible. And I'm in Ohio, so I have the opposite heating/cooling problem!
Happy Hiller says
Great suggestions! Thank you for sharing your insights with us!