With back-to-school expenses rapidly approaching, it’s a good time to save money where you can elsewhere!
Having newer appliances and replacing inefficient light bulbs with more efficient ones can help you save costs on energy. You don’t have to replace what you already have in your home to cut costs on energy, though.
Here are some tips for saving energy (and money!) around your house during summer and early fall.
- Wash your clothes in cooler water. There are several cold water detergent options and washing with cold water will save you a fair amount of energy. Your water heater will thank you!
- Keep your water heater set at 120 degrees. Speaking of your water heater, try setting the water temperature to 120 degrees or lower. That way, your heater won’t have to work so hard to heat up water. And anything hotter than 120 degrees is scalding to the touch.
- Change your dryer lint after each load. Believe it or not, that little bit of lint makes your dryer work harder, which means it uses more energy. Keeping your filter clean will also add to the longevity of your dryer.
- Close your blinds during they day and open them at night. This simple trick helps keep some of the heat out of your home during the day, and lets a little escape during the evening and overnight.
- Participate in SmartHours. If you’re an OG&E customer, they have a wonderful program where you can dial down your energy usage during peak hours for huge savings. We recommend looking into the program at their website. Contact OG&E with any questions about SmartHours.
- Adjust your pool’s settings. It’s a good idea to check with your pool service provider first on this. But in many homes, pool water is filtered more often than necessary. Scaling that down can save you energy.
- Have your heating and cooling system tuned up. In addition to regularly changing the air filters, we recommend having your air conditioner and furnace each serviced by a professional once a year. Systems running at peak efficiency will use less energy.
- Use a programmable thermostat. If you’re home and away at predictable times, a programmable thermostat can be an effective energy saving tool. Keeping your home a little warmer when you’re away in the summer can result in big savings. You can always pre-cool the home before you leave and have it start cooling again before you get home.
- Minimize indoor heat. Try to only run large appliances like the oven, stove, washer and dryer at night when it’s cooler. Keeping the ambient temperature indoors down will mean your AC has less work to do to keep the home cool.
- Fill up your fridge and freezer. Having more cold and frozen goods will keep the temperature cooler and allow less heat to escape when the door is open. Who wants leftovers?
These habits can help you save energy in your home, and many of them only require a one-time change to save you energy in the long run. And with lower energy bills, you’ll have more money to spend on back-to-school shopping—or wherever you want!