Ways to Reduce Energy Costs This Summer

We are in the heat of summer and you may be feeling your budget get a little tighter as your electric bill is on the rise. While ensuring your family is comfortable inside your home is the first priority, there are a few creative ways to reduce the energy consumption around your home. As your experienced team of real estate agents in Eldon, MO, we have a few tricks up our sleeves that we have shared with you below!

Set your Thermostat

Over 72 degrees you can save up to 3% on your cooling bill with every degree you increase. This can be a significant saving for your overall bill! When it is really hot outside, consider bumping your temperature up a few degrees - you'll likely not even notice the difference! This can help your HVAC system from working overtime, therefore saving you energy consumption. A smart thermostat is another popular feature to help control your costs. During the day when you are at work, you can set your temperature to go up a few degrees and return to your preferred temp upon your arrival home.

Utilize Air Movement

Turn those fans on! Whether you have overhead fans or a portable plug-in fan, moving air can help it feel cooler than it is. Remember your fans should rotate counter-clockwise in the summer months. This can help the cooler air keep rotating down throughout the room.

Consider Shading your Windows

If you have a window that gets direct sunlight, consider covering that window during the hours of direct sun. Sunlight can warm the inside of your home quickly. Consider hanging curtains over a window that gets a lot of direct sunlight to help optimize your energy consumption this summer.

Limit Appliance Use 

Appliances can use a lot of energy AND put more heat inside your home. This can cause your cooling system to work even harder to keep the temperature at a steady level. If you are using your appliances, try to do so first thing in the morning or in the late evening. This is the coolest time of day and the best time to use your indoor appliances! Quick Tip: Consider hang-drying your clothes, versus using the hot dryer!

Cook Outside

When it's hot out cooking inside your home can put a strain on your cooling system. Utilize your grill and cook outside this summer! BBQ food is delicious and it's a great way to get into the summer spirit. Keep the heat outside and use your outdoor cookers, when possible.

Whether you start making all of these changes or focus on one way to really cut back on your energy costs, you can start reaping the benefits right away. With a lower electric bill, you can spend your money on things you enjoy! Whether it's saving up for a family vacation at the end of summer or taking the family to the pool for an afternoon of fun, it's exciting to save money on energy costs! If you've been setting some money back for a downpayment on your next home, we'd love to help you find the right home for sale near Eldon, MO. Give Devine & Associates a call today. We can help you find the perfect property for your wants and needs and get you started on the home buying process. You'll be glad you saved on energy costs when you have a little extra money for a downpayment, home upgrades, or closing costs!

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