Are you looking for ways to make your home more energy-efficient when the weather gets hot? Conserving energy is a good way to cut monthly expenses, and it’s also helpful to the environment. Here are a few ways you can use less energy this summer.

Review Your Energy Usage

When trying to save money on energy bills, figure out what months you use the most energy. Review the utility statements to see when they are the highest. You’ll have an idea of where to start when looking to decrease your energy consumption. Most families spend a lot on the electric bill in the warmer months. Often homeowners have higher bills in the summer because the kids are home from school and the air conditioner is constantly running.

Fans will Help You Use Less Energy This Summer

Reduce your home’s summer energy use by installing a ceiling fan or a portable fan in frequently used rooms throughout your home. A fan will save energy by allowing you to turn off the air conditioner for extended periods during the day while still maintaining a relatively cool temperature in your home.

In the summer, set the ceiling fans to rotate in a counter-clockwise direction. When the blades spin in that direction, it creates a wind-chill effect, cooling the people in the room.

Hang Curtains to Use Less Energy This Summer

Close the curtains during the hottest part of the day to block the sun and keep the living spaces cooler without air conditioning. Blackout shades are the most effective, but any curtains in a heavier fabric will help regulate the temperature.

Do Your Laundry With Cold Water

Save energy and hundreds of dollars a year by using the cold-water setting on your washing machine. With modern appliances, cold water is just as effective at removing stains from clothing and may even keep colors brighter longer.

Turn Off the Lights and Unplug Devices

To further reduce your home’s summer energy use, turn off the lights and take advantage of the extended daylight hours to illuminate your home. If you’re home at night, turn off the lights in every room before you leave. Unplug devices, such as tablets and laptops, as soon as they finish charging. Appliances that aren’t needed daily, like the blender and waffle maker, should be unplugged.

Decreasing your energy consumption doesn’t have to be a hassle at any time of year. You’ll develop habits that reduce summer energy use with a few simple changes to your daily routine.

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