Keep Your Utilities Down This SummerShare
Summer comes with a higher price tag for a few of your appliances, especially cooling. This article breaks down some ways to save money and conserve energy.
In order to save electricity, you could:
Spend more time outdoors. It's a great season to get outside, so if you try and keep your TV and lighting usage minimal during the summer, you will surely save electricity. Since the days are longer, it's a perfect time to enjoy your home's outdoor space, too. Perhaps you can invest in some outdoor chairs and other furnishings that will make your backyard more attractive.
Keep the Refrigerator Shut. It may seem like a small thing, but every time you open the refrigerator door, you are letting more cool air out and hot air in. Be mindful of how long you stand in front of the fridge; know what you want out of the fridge before you open the door. If you think the fridge might be leaking cold air, getting a new seal is pretty inexpensive.
Keep Windows Closed. One of the biggest issues that your cooling system will have to overcome is hot air coming in through windows and doors. Although the breeze is nice, maybe you can get a similar benefit from a fan.
Get a Humidifier. Humidifiers keep the air a little bit moist, which makes it easier to breathe. Depending on your climate, your machine may actually make the air wetter or drier to match the settings on the device.
Water needs during the summer include more water for plants, more water for outdoor pools and ponds, and increased usage for your own drinking needs. With those extra strains on your plumbing system, it's a good idea to keep an eye out for any leaks and other issues that could affect the final bill.
Check the Water Meter. Check on your water meter each month during the summer and make sure you're not overpaying. Don't simply expect a higher water bill; your water costs may fluctuate a little bit from season to season, but a big jump indicates a problem.
Stay on top of running plumbing fixtures. Check on sounds of water running through toilets, sinks, water heaters, and other plumbing fixtures when you're not using them. A plumbing repairs specialist will likely recommend you replace these fixtures, but they should also check for leaks before making a recommendation.