By Ameeta Jain, HomeSelfe Co-Founder
Summer is right around the corner! When the temperatures heat up, you may notice that your utility bills slowly begin to increase as well. But don’t worry, there’s still time to prepare your home to save on utility bills this summer. Start with these simple tips:
Install a programmable thermostat.
Newer thermostat models allow you to set different temperatures for various times throughout the day. For example, you could set your thermostat to turn off while you’re at work and then cool down right around the time you’re on your way home. These programmable thermostats allow you to cut back the energy used by your air conditioner and therefore save on utility bills.
Apply window film.
You may have heard that installing drapes or blinds on your windows will help you cut down on the heat that flows into your home, which is true. However, some homeowners are hesitant about blocking their beautiful views with thick drapes or opaque blinds. A great option for homeowners to use that will allow them to see out their windows while also blocking heat from entering the home is window film. The best part? Many window films are designed for an easy install. Just measure the size of your window, cut the film, and stick it on to start your journey to save on utility bills.
Clean your air filters.
What’s one thing that could be standing between you and your ability to save on utility bills? Dirty air filters. Regardless of what kind of heating and cooling unit you have, cleaning the air filters on a regular basis is important, especially before the hot summer months. When filters get dirty, the heating and cooling system has to work harder and consume more energy to do its job. With clean filters, the system can cool your home more efficiently and help you save on utility bills.
Are you living in an area that experiences heavy rainfall during summer? If so, consider using rain barrels this summer to collect rainwater and use it to water your garden. Rain barrels, typically made of plastic or wood, sit at the end of your gutter downspout and collect the rainwater as it flows out. When the storm is over, you’ll have a good amount of water that you can recycle on your garden during drier times. Using a rain barrel will help you cut down on your water use and therefore save on utility bills.
Add mulch to your garden.
Do you feel like you have to water your garden over and over to keep plants alive? Try laying down mulch throughout your garden. Mulch helps prevent evaporation so water will stay on the ground longer, giving your plants more time to absorb it. Now that your plants will be more hydrated, you won’t have to water them as frequently and will be able to save on utility bills.
Learn new recipes.
Many popular recipes require the use of an oven or stove, however these appliances can seriously heat up your home and cause you to crank down the thermostat to cool off. Before summer rolls around, think of meals you can make without these hot appliances, such as salads, sandwiches, or even recipes in a slow cooker, since these appliances don’t emit as much heat.
Remember, although these tips are for summer, they can be used year-round. It’s always a good time to reduce your energy consumption and save on utility bills!
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