By Evan Vitale
Summer is here. Can you feel the heat? And the humidity?
For many, summer can be miserable and at times it seems like the only escape is to stay indoors and crank up the air conditioner. Yes, AC feels good, that is until you get your electrical bill and realize the cost associated with trying to stay cool and comfortable – and affordable – at the same time.
So, here a few things you can do during the summer months that will help off-set your air conditioning expenses, while saving money in other areas:
* Fire up the grill (charcoal or propane) when preparing meals instead of using the stove or oven. This way, your air conditioning unit won’t have to work harder in order to keep the house cool.
* Did you know that your clothes dryer is the second largest energy-consuming appliance in your home? Therefore, in order to save on energy and fees, start hanging your clothes outside in the fresh air. Let Mother Nature do the drying for free.
* If possible, check your appliances (dryer, washer, water heater, etc.) for electrical efficiency. Try to take advance of summer sales by purchasing a more efficient appliance. Most major retailers will offer credit for major purchases and you’ll be saving more money at home at the same time.
* Swap out your incandescent bulbs for high-efficient CFLs or LEDs. Some electrical companies offer CFLs or LEDs for free to their customers.
* Summer is also a great time to check your home’s insulation and cracks for leaks. Yes, even insulation and sealing up leaks in your home can save money in the summer time because it helps keep cool air from escaping. Note: Summer is also a good time to buy insulation as many retailers will have sales!
* Make sure you schedule regular air conditioning maintenance and cleaning and always check and change (or clean) your furnace filter. If you have a window AC unit, check and clean your filter on a regular basis.
These tips will not only help you save money, but you’ll stay more comfortable and cooler when the summer heat pours it on!