3 Ways to Improve Energy Conservation This Summer

Homeowners are always looking for ways to conserve energy and save money. First and foremost, saving energy is not an entirely difficult thing to do; it simply requires a commitment to change. Changing your habits (i.e. shutting off the lights in a room when you’re no longer in it) will reduce the cost of your hydro bill and make your home a more environmentally conscious. Here are three ways to improve energy conservation in your home.

Look for Alternate Ways to Cool Your Home

 

Summer is here, and homeowners across the country are ready to utilize their air conditioners to ensure they get through the season comfortably. While air conditioning is an important element of your home, it also consumes a lot of energy. Therefore, it’s wise to look for alternative ways to cool your space.

 

Turn your air conditioner off at night and open windows to allow fresh air into your home. Furthermore, use fans to circulate stagnant air on days when the heat isn’t overwhelming. If you have window blinds/curtains, use them to cover your windows to prevent heat from entering your home. Ensure that you turn off lights in unoccupied rooms.

 

Adjust Daily Routine

 

As previously mentioned, adjusting your habits will save energy and reduce the cost of your hydro bill; however, there is still more that can be done. Homeowners that reduce their reliance on electricity will end up saving a lot of money this summer. Instead of using your dishwasher to clean your dishes, wash them and dry them by hand. Instead of using your clothes dryer after a wash, hang them outside and dry in the sun.

 

In the summer, you can also take advantage of cooking outside. Turning on your stove during the summer will not only make your home incredibly warm, but it will also ramp up the cost of your energy bill. Consider using your barbeque more this summer as it will save you lots of energy in the long run.

 

Cook Outside

 

One of the best parts about summer is having the ability to walk outside and cook up seasonal classics like hotdogs and hamburgers. Cooking outside on your barbeque and grill is an effective way to conserve energy and prevent your home from overheating. Take advantage of your beautiful backyard and the warm weather by having some friends over for a barbecue! Ovens tend to use a lot of energy which can contribute to costly bills, especially because your air conditioner will be working overtime to cool your home down. If you must cook inside, use your microwave as much as possible to prevent increasing your home’s internal temperature.

 

For more information on how to save energy this summer, contact Phoenix Homes today!