The average homeowner spends hundreds of dollars a year on energy costs. But you can lower your energy bills and help save the environment at the same time. As the temperature heats up, take time to re-evaluate your energy use and consider new ways to reduce waste and conserve energy.
Turn up your thermostat
Check the settings on your thermostat to be sure they are saving energy when you are not at home. Consider using ceiling or room fans to circulate air and allow you to set the thermostat higher during the hot summer months. And remember to close the blinds or drapes to minimize extra heating from the sun.
Conserve energy and eliminate wasted energy
Unplug electronic devices and chargers and turn off your appliances, lights, and other equipment when they are not in use. Turn computers and printers off at the power strip. Conserve energy by running your dishwasher only when it is fully loaded and allow your dishes to air dry. Line-dry your clothes (solar -powered clothes dryer!) whenever you can.
Replace air conditioner filters
Dirty filters restrict airflow and can cause your air conditioning system to run longer, which increases energy use. Replace filters frequently to maximize benefits.