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Energy Saving Tips For Summer

The average American household spends more than $1,500 a year on energy bills, half of which goes to heating and cooling.

Device Usage Tips

  • Use your bathroom fan - Feeling the humidity? Your bathroom fan can help remove humidity and keep you comfortable.
  • Plant some trees - Shade landscaping positions trees and other vegetation so their shade falls on the house and provides protection from direct sunlight. If you're planting near power lines, make sure to consult our vegetation management guide for planting guidance.
  • Use a ceiling fan - If it is not too hot, use a fan instead of turning on the A/C. Make sure your fan is set in the counterclockwise direction so that it will pull up the cooler air from the ground and circulate it around the room. Just remember to turn the fan off when you leave the room.
  • Close your blinds in the daytime - Southern- and western-facing walls take the brunt of the sun’s heat. Invest in good drapes or shades for the windows on these walls and keep them closed. North-facing windows admit even, natural light, producing little glare and almost no unwanted summer heat. You can leave these shades open to permit natural light into your house without heating things up.
  • Use a clothesline. Dryers need to produce a lot of heat to dry clothes, which can cause discomfort throughout your home. If possible, use a clothesline and let the sun do the drying for you.

Home Lighting and Electronics Tips

  • Remember to turn the lights off before leaving the room - If you own voice-controlled assistants like Alexa or Google, use them to turn lights on and off with ease.
  • Unplug electronics when you're not using them - Even in stand-by mode, electronics still consume electricity unless they are completely shut off. An advanced power strip can help. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that plugging devices into the strip and turning it off when they are not in use can help you save up to $100 annually.
  • Put lamps in the corners of rooms so that light reflects off two walls - This way, you won't have to use as many light sources.
  • Use ENERGY STAR certified LED light bulbs - Traditional incandescent bulbs release 90% of the energy they use as heat. LEDs are much more efficient, emit very little heat and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting.

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