Summer can quickly become an expensive season, but being mindful of energy conservation can help reduce your electricity bills. Take a look at the following suggestions to increase your energy conservation efforts and beat the heat without breaking the bank.
-Cook dinner outside. Save electricity by using a charcoal or gas grill to cook your favorite summertime meals.
Open the windows. Instead of cranking the air conditioning on summer evenings, opt for fresh air instead. Invest in an inexpensive electric fan to circulate the air.
-Light candles. Since longer summer days afford more daylight, reconsider turning on the lights and use candles instead or as a supplement. Be sure not to leave burning candles unattended, especially around pets and children.
-Modify the AC when you’re not home. Adjusting the thermostat—even by a few degrees—when you’re not home can conserve a significant amount of electricity.
-Turn off the electronics. Power down the television and computer to spend time with friends and family outdoors. Splash around in your community pool or have a potluck barbeque in your backyard.
-Take a walk. If possible, choose to walk to nearby stores and restaurants instead of driving. Early mornings and evenings are prime times for a stroll, especially in areas with hot climates.
-Take a cool shower or bath. For a refreshing alternative to a hot shower, reduce your hot water heater usage by bathing in cooler water a few times a week.
-Limit water consumption. Water the lawn every other day at off-peak times, use environmentally-friendly, disposable plate ware and utensils instead of running the dishwasher and spend a little less time in the shower.