Summertime Energy Conservation Tips

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Summer can quickly become an expensive season in regards to your utility bills. Having some mindfulness of energy conservation can go a long way in helping to reduce your electricity bills, as well as your carbon footprint. Here are a few suggestions for you to take into action to increase your energy conservation efforts and beat the heat without breaking the bank.

Grilling – Cooking meals outside will help save electricity. Use a charcoal or gas grill to cook up your favorite summertime feasts.

Open the windows – Instead of cranking down the air conditioning on summer evenings, opt for fresh air instead. An inexpensive electric fan will circulate the air and save you from increased energy expenditures.

Candles – Longer summer days will afford you more daylight. You can consider lighting candles as a supplement instead of turning on the lights. Be wary of any candles that you do light though and make sure you don’t leave any unattended, especially around pets and children.

Modify AC when you’re not home – Adjust the thermostat when you’re not home. You don’t need to keep your house cold when nobody is there to appreciate the air conditioning. This can conserve a significant amount of energy, even if you just adjust the thermostat by a few degrees.

Turn off 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 or bike ride – If possible, choose to walk or bike to nearby stores and restaurants instead of driving. Early mornings and evenings are prime times for a stroll, as they won’t be as hot as during the middle of the day. Biking can actually keep you cool with the wind blowing.

Cool shower or bath – 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.