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How to Save on Your Energy Bill This Summer

The summer months are a great time to enjoy the outdoors, but they can also be tough on your energy bill. With the sun beating down and the air conditioning running constantly, it's easy to see how your energy costs can skyrocket.

But don't worry, there are plenty of ways to save money on your energy bill this summer. Here are a few tips:

  • Use your air conditioner wisely. The most important thing you can do to save money on your energy bill is to use your air conditioner wisely. Set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature, but don't go too low. Every degree you raise the thermostat can save you 3-5% on your cooling costs.

  • Unplug electronics when you're not using them. Even when they're turned off, many electronics continue to draw power. This is called "phantom load." To save money, unplug any electronics that you're not using, such as your TV, computer, and phone charger.

  • Wash full loads of laundry and dishes. Running the washing machine and dishwasher just for a few items wastes energy and water. Instead, wait until you have a full load to run them.

  • Use energy-efficient appliances. Energy-efficient appliances use less energy than traditional appliances, which can save you money on your energy bill. When you're shopping for new appliances, look for the Energy Star label. This means that the appliance meets certain energy efficiency standards set by the EPA.

  • Get a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat can help you save money by automatically adjusting the temperature of your home when you're asleep or away. This can save you up to 10% on your energy bill.

  • Seal up air leaks. Air leaks can let hot air in and cool air out, which can make your air conditioner work harder and increase your energy bill. To find air leaks, hold a lit candle or incense stick near windows, doors, and other potential leak areas. If the flame flickers or the smoke blows around, you have a leak.

  • Plant trees and shrubs around your home. Trees and shrubs can help shade your home and keep it cooler in the summer, which can reduce your need for air conditioning.

  • Get a home energy audit. A home energy audit is a great way to identify areas where you can save energy in your home. An auditor will come to your home and assess your energy use. They'll then make recommendations on how you can improve your energy efficiency and save money on your energy bill.

By following these tips, you can save money on your energy bill this summer and enjoy the warm weather without breaking the bank.

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