If you have made efforts to reduce your summer energy dollars, you have probably tried to basic steps for summer energy consumption. Have your air conditioner maintained with clean filters; use a programmable thermostat to reduce your cooling needs; use shades and blinds to keep out the sun; use ceiling fans to circulate the air for more comfort.
Beyond these basic energy saving steps, I did a Google search for Unique Ways to Save on Your Summer Energy Dollars. While some of these tips may not apply to your family situation, I am sure you will find some new and different ways for saving on your summer energy needs.
Tips from Consumer Energy Center
Be a speedy chef. Nothing is more energy efficient for cooking than your microwave. It uses two-thirds less energy than your stove.
Push a button to wash your dishes. Surprise! Your dishwasher uses less water than washing dishes by hand. Then let dishes air-dry to save even more!
Fill up the fridge. Having lots of food in your fridge keeps it from warming up too fast when the door is open. So your fridge doesn’t have to work as hard to stay cool.
Tips from Style at Home
Dress like you’re on vacay. Why the heck are you wearing khakis and socks at home?! The less you wear, the higher you can set your thermostat , and the more energy you can save. So get out the shorts/tees/tanks and or sundresses!
Take your entertaining outdoors, too. Why dine indoors (and use extra lighting and AC), when you could dine al fresco?
Add a storm door. Today’s airtight, all-season doors don’t require storm doors. However, consider adding one anyway. Why? Having the option means you can open your home to cross-breezes. If all you’ve got is an all-season door, air conditioning is your default.
Dry your laundry outdoors. Line drying uses zero energy, your laundry smells fantastic, and putting up and taking down laundry provides exercise (swimsuit season is here, after all). Win-win-win!
Flaunt sexy beach hair. Skip the energy-using blow dryer, flat iron or curling iron. Just wash and go: the warm summer breeze will take care of the rest. (Sticklers can apply styling product and “scrunch” it in, first.)
Set your outdoor security lights on motion-sensor settings. That way they come on only when needed. This makes them greater deterrents and lesser energy thieves!
Mow it old school. Why use a gas- or electricity-sucking power mower when you could push a quiet, zero-energy-using reel mower?(Today’s models don’t even need blade-sharpening.).
Get unplugged. Even when turned off, many appliances suck small amounts of energy that can really add up. So get your home electronics – computers, TVs, stereo system, wifi, PVR, DVD player, anything you don’t need to have on 24-7 – onto power bars and turn them off at night, and especially when you leave on summer vacation.
Tips from Freshome
Take cooler and shorter showers: When a shower in your home, turn down the temperature of the hot water to save energy. Decrease the duration of how long you stay in the shower to save on your hot water tank usage. Consider installing a tank less water heater to heat water only when needed, as opposed to an entire tank, which sits in your garage, basement or utility space.
Spend more time outside of your home: Summertime is a perfect excuse to get out and enjoy it! From swimming in community pools to having a picnic or getting exercise outdoors, spending less time in your house will help your energy consumption bill. While you can’t spend every minute outdoors, the summer weather should push you to the outdoors.