All year round, most households are being thoughtful of the monthly budget. Keeping expenses to a minimum is important so that you have enough money to do all of the fun things that you want to do during the summer months.
The two main utility bills that people will see an increase in the summer months are the water bill and the power bill. Both of these resources are just used more during the summer months with the kids being home from school and more people coming to your house for various activities.
This means that it is more important now than ever to be mindful of how you are using the electrical system in your home so that you can keep your power bill on budget. Having extra money during the summer months is great for making planned vacations even better!
Here are a few energy-saving activities for you and your family to do this summer:
- Keep your water heater set no higher than 120 degrees. And, if you are going to be away from home for an extended period of time this summer, consider turning the thermostat down to a much lower temperature. This will help to reduce the amount of power is used to keep water hot … when you are not even there!
- Make sure the filter on your air conditioner is new and clean. Also, if you haven’t done so already, have your air conditioner professionally serviced to ensure it is working in top capacity.
- Keep UV curtains hung and pulled in rooms where the direct sunlight comes in. This will help to prevent the room from heating up unnecessarily. Also, add blinds to these windows, and think about a tree or a bush that you could plant outside of your windows to prevent the sunlight.
- Keep all appliances and electronics plugged into power strips. And, turn the power strip off when the electronics are not be used. This is especially important during the summertime when the kiddos are playing video games and watching movies.
Make sure that you and your family have a wonderful summer with plenty of fun activities by keeping your power bill on budget. Use these tips to keep your home as energy-efficient as possible all summer long.