Warm weather is here! Pros: longer days, iced tea, fireflies, baseball, cookouts, vacation… (I could go on and on). Con: skyrocketing energy bills.
That’s where EnergySaver.gov comes in. The website and accompanying PSA campaign from the US Department of Energy and your trusty friends at the Ad Council provide tips galore to help you save money and energy all summer long.
1) Shut the front door! If your AC is on and your windows or doors are open, money is just blowing out of your house. Keep them closed tight and you’ll be cooler and greener.
2) Learn the ins and outs of your thermostat. Programming it around sleep, wake and work times can keep you more comfortable and save you money. Small adjustments can make a big difference.
3) Set your computer so that it goes into auto-sleep mode when not in use. In this case, when you snooze, you win.
4) Plug all your gadgets into a power strip and switch it off when not in use. Saving green doesn’t get any easier than that.
5) Don’t cool an empty home. Save money and energy by turning down your AC while you’re away for summer vacay. The extra money you save might even buy you some more time at the beach.
6) Get your budget out of the spin cycle by trying these simple tips: Do your laundry in cold water using cold-water detergents, stick to full loads and line dry.
7) Slow your roll. Driving sensibly saves you money. And not just in speeding tickets.
8) Avoid getting scalded by energy bills by lowering the temperature on your water heater to 120°F.
9) Don’t let your monthly budget go up in smoke. Close your fireplace flue and keep the AC where it should be – keeping you cool.
I hope these pointers will help ensure your summertime livin’ is easy. Remember, saving energy = saving money. For more great tips visit energysaver.gov.