Stay Cool Without Spending A Lot Of Money

by Pam on July 12, 2010

If you want to save money on your electricity bills as well as be environmentally friendly, there are a lot of creative ways to do just that.  Some good tips include buying energy efficient appliances, avoiding rinsing dishes before putting them into the dishwasher, and turning off fans, TVs, and computers when you are not using them.

Although it might be tempting to have your air conditioner on 24/7 during this hot summer season, consider using it only when absolutely necessary.  For example, first make sure you are wearing cool clothes, and avoid wearing socks.  Avoid using your oven.  Eat meals that will keep you cool such as cold noodle dishes, wraps, salads, sandwiches, etc.   For dessert, consider ice cream and popsicles.  Close your blinds so the sun has less effect on heating up your home, and only open your windows if it has cooled down outside. After doing all these things, if you’re still uncomfortably hot, that’s the best time to use your air conditioning.

When you do use your air conditioning, use a programmable thermostat so that it automatically shuts off at a specific temperature and then starts up again on its own as required.   Keep your air conditioning system maintained well and change the filter at least once a year.

For more tips on saving money on your electricity bills, check out “10 Ways To Save Money on Electricity Bills”.

What are some ways that you keep cool during the summer?

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Brie Wallace July 16, 2010 at 10:31 am

Hi Pam, good tips! We do those things in our household (though I don’t understand why rinsing dishes would affect energy use from a dishwasher – please explain). We keep it around 80 degrees unless we have company. When the temperature outside is in the 90s and 100s, the temperature difference inside is enough to make us feel cool.

Pam July 16, 2010 at 2:43 pm

The idea of not rinsing your dishes comes from the article I linked to in my post: To quote: “You should try to not pre-rinse your dishes before putting them into the dishwasher. Why? Because you waste hot water and more has to be heated. This of course applies to people with electric water heaters (you can also buy a gas model to reduce electricity consumption – but then watch your gas bill).”

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