9 Tips for Staying Cool Without Heating up Your Energy Bill

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While back-to-school sales and fall clothes are being advertised, the weather forecast for the next few weeks still indicates mid-summer highs. WBS Atlanta shares tips for keeping the energy bill low while dealing with record-breaking temperatures.

WBS Atlanta
Contact: Angela Woroch

As record-breaking temperatures continue to bake much of the country this summer, you may be feeling the heat in your electricity bill too. With Americans spending huge amounts of money to cool their homes, it’s important to cut energy consumption to save cash. Luckily, you don’t have to compromise your comfort to do that.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Americans waste $200 to $400 on energy every year thanks to drafts, air leaks around openings and outdated cooling systems. While most home owners can’t afford a complete overhaul of their old HVAC, low-cost maintenance like changing air filters monthly, placing draft dodgers or snakes at leaking doors and sealing cooling ducts can reduce energy use by 20%.

Close up

 The sun’s blazing rays will heat rooms quickly, so it’s important to close blinds and shades during the day. You should also close vents and doors to rooms that aren’t used often when running your cooling system. This ensures the air conditioner cools the areas needed, so less energy is wasted.

Clean up in cold water

Though some clothes suggest warm or hot water for washing, you can reduce your monthly heating bill and save energy by turning all cycles to cold. Even taking cold showers will help lower your energy use and provide nice relief from the hot weather.

Hang dry

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the savings that come with hang drying your clothes. Hang drying also help maintain longevity as drying clothes regularly breaks down fibers. If time is of the essence and you have to use the dryer, however, dry one load after the other to reduce warm up and dry times. Don’t forget to clean lint screens to ensure it runs efficiently.

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