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10 Tips to Help You Save Money on Your Summer Energy Bill

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It’s finally summertime and we’re here for it! More leisure time, kids off school, and the thermostat just keeps going up. It can be an expensive time of year. Don’t let your energy bills drain your wallet—save your money for the fun stuff of summer! We at Frog Air want you to have the best summer yet!

Turn off the lights.

Sounds simple, right? Keeping the lights on when they’re not in use can add up over time. Studies show that if you switch off just five lights in your house for 10 hours a day, you’ll save $6 a month on your electric bill. The more lights you switch off (and the higher wattage they are), the more you’ll save on the electric bill!

Change your light bulbs.

The simple task of changing out your light bulbs can mean big savings. While these bulbs will cost a bit more up front, you can save big bucks (over time) just by switching out the light bulbs in your home. A typical Energy Star-certified LED light bulb saves households around $225 in energy per year. Most LED lights use up to 90% less energy than those old incandescent lights and last up to 25 times longer!

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Check for air leaks.

Ask yourself these questions when checking for air leaks: Are the windows whistling? Can you hear air coming in from under the front door on windy days? Do the doors actually seal shut when you close them? Is the fireplace damper working? If you have doors and windows that aren’t sealed right, you’re letting warm air in and that cool air out. Using weather stripping and sealing up leaking spots in your home can save you up to 20% on your energy costs.

Program your thermostat/Invest in a smart thermostat.

Did you know dialing down your thermostat by 7–10 degrees for eight hours a day can help you save 10% on your electric bill each year? You can do this the old-fashioned way: Just change the thermostat when you wake up and adjust it again before you go to sleep. Or you can buy a programmable thermostat. It’ll save you the hassle of remembering to turn the temperature up or down morning and night, and it’s not that expensive either (some start at just $20). Another option is investing in a smart thermostat. These savvy devices allow you to change the temperature of your home from your smartphone.

Check phantom energy.

Do you know what phantom energy is? It’s what happens when appliances use up energy even when they’re turned off! If you start unplugging those devices and appliances when you’re not using them, you’ll be surprised by how much money you save on your electric bill. Phantom energy costs the average family up to $165 per year on their electric bill—for nothing.

Give your air conditioner a checkup – or a replacement.

One of the most important factors in reducing energy costs and keeping cool is maximizing the efficiency of your cooling systems. Clearing a clogged A/C unit filter alone can save 5 to 15 percent in energy use and will help keep the unit in proper working order for longer – saving you money on expensive replacements down the road.

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Lower your water heating costs.

Water heating accounts for about 18 percent of the energy consumed in your home. Lowering the temperature of your water heater can help save energy, and who needs a scalding hot shower in the summer anyway?
Laundry, another water-hog, can also be optimized in the summer. Make sure you maximize your loads – this not only gets you more for your money, but also helps you do laundry less often. Doing laundry with cold water and hang drying are other ways to save even more on your energy bills.

Use electricity during off-peak hours

The time of day you use electricity is also very important when it comes to saving money on your energy bills. Energy companies charge more during “peak” hours – hours of the day when demand is the highest. By scheduling your energy use to “off peak” hours – early morning or late at night – you can help reduce load on the grid and lower your monthly energy bill. On particularly hot days (over 90 degrees Fahrenheit), it is recommended you wait until after 6:00 p.m. to cook, do laundry, or wash dishes.

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Turn on your ceiling fan and take advantage of natural ventilation.

A ceiling fan is a great tool to use alongside your air conditioner. A ceiling fan will cool the room by approximately 4 degrees, allowing you to then turn the thermostat down accordingly. If the climate permits, you can even eliminate air conditioning altogether by solely using a fan. If you live in a climate where there are cool nights or regular breezes, take advantage of it. Eliminate electricity usage altogether by opening windows when it cools down outside.

Block the sun with blinds and drapes.

Window treatments or coverings don’t just decorate your home, they can also help you save energy. Some carefully selected window treatments can prevent your house from heating up under the summer sun. There are two options for window treatments: blinds and drapes. When fully pulled down and closed over a window with a lot of sun exposure, blinds can reduce heat gain by up to 45%. During summer days, you can close draperies on windows receiving direct sunlight to prevent heat gain as well. Drapes can reduce heat gain by 33%.
Follow these easy steps and start saving money! If we can help with any of the above energy-saving tips, pleases contact us at Don’t let an expensive utility bill ruin your summer!

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