Having the kids home for summer can be great fun, but it’s not always great for the energy bill. Check out these Summer Savings Tips for Electricity Use.
Lights that are left on…More hot water used for dishes and after swim showers…Keeping the house cool all day long…These are just a few of the reasons that the electricity bill can spike during summer when the kids are home from school.
But don’t worry! Albuquerque Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling is here with some great Summer Savings Tips for Electricity Use.
What the Kids Can Do
Talk with your kids about your home’s energy savings plan, and how they can help by:
- Remembering to turn off lights (or don’t use them if they don’t really need to).
- Taking quick, warm (not hot) showers.
- Turning off water while brushing teeth and washing hands.
- Not adjusting the thermostat (after a grown-up has set it at an energy saving 76 degrees).
- Have “inside camping” or “explorers” nights where you just use LED candles and flashlights instead of overhead lights.
What the Grown Ups Can Do
Take a good look at where most of your energy dollars are spent and adjust by:
- Unplugging and limiting the use of larger electronics (TV, desktop computers, etc).
- Making salads, smoothies, or sandwiches for dinner instead of using the oven or stove.
- If you do make something warm, use the microwave, instant pot, or toaster oven (they all get the job done quick with less heat output).
- Washing as much as possible in cold water.
- Hanging clothes out to dry in the sun instead of using the dryer.
- If you do use the dryer, put a dry towel in to help decrease dry time.
- Turn off the heated drying for the dishwasher
All of these little things can add up to a big savings over the next couple of months. The best part is that most of these will continue to save you money throughout the whole year. We want you to have a fun summer…But we also want you to save some money with these Summer Savings Tips for Electricity Use.