It’s hard to try to limit your electricity usage in the summer, especially with all the heat we have seen this season! Here are our favorite tips to help you cut back!
1. Natural Light
During the day, open your curtains and blinds to light up a room without turning on a single light.
2. Turn off Unused Lights
When leaving a room, make it a habit to turn all the lights off. Even if you are going to be going back into that room in a short amount of time, all these small savings will add up!
Even when your electronics are not in use, but are still plugged into the outlet, they are still using electricity. Unplug all chargers, appliances, etc. when they are not in use.
4. Run the Air Conditioner less
When you’re not home, turn your air conditioner off, or turn it up to a much higher temperature than what it is on while you’re home. This will reduce a massive amount of energy used to produce cold air when it is not needed.
5. Use your Windows
On a breezy day, consider turning off your air conditioner and open your windows instead to get natural air flow.
6. Reduce kitchen heat
Try making less meals that require frequent usage of your oven, stove, or microwave. Try grilling or making no-bake foods instead.
7. Wash laundry in cold water
Using cold water instead of warm or hot water will reduce the energy it takes to heat up the hot water.
8. Smart refrigeration
First, try to not hold the fridge open for multiple minutes at a time while deciding what food to eat. Second, make sure the fridge is set at its recommended temperature.
Air-drying your dishes on a dish rack versus heat drying them in your dishwasher can save you money. You can also apply this tip to your clothes by hanging them up to air-dry instead of putting them in your dryer.
10. Naturally defrost
When cooking something from the freezer, naturally defrost it. Let it sit out for a couple hours until it is not frozen anymore. This will help you save the energy you would have had to use to defrost it in the microwave. This will also allow it to defrost to its natural texture, instead of possibly being cooked unevenly in the microwave.