How To Reduce Your Electricity Bills This Summer

We’re all trying to save money on our bills right? Today’s guest article has some great tips for how to reduce your electricity bill this summer. Enjoy!

How to reduce your electricity bills this summerElectricity bills tend to rise during the summer season particularly if fans and air conditioning units are switched on almost 24/7 to handle any extremes in the temperature. It’s either that or suffer the discomfort of sweating profusely and itchy skin. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the cost of utility this coming summer.

1. Work on your blinds or shades

The trick to reducing your electricity bills is to use less electricity, which also means you should be working on keeping indoor temperatures to comfortable levels.

Start by keeping the window curtains or shades closed. When left open, the sun can raise the temperature of a room quickly.

2. Go green

Go green by planting trees and shrubs in your backyard, as well as, the front porch to shade your house from sunlight.

Plantation also helps improve airflow and deliver soothing breeze around the house. Thus, it reduces the frequency of your fans and air conditioners switched on. You’ll also sleep better at night knowing that you’re helping the environment with your planting efforts.

Going green doesn’t only help you reduce electricity costs during summer but also during winter.

Plants and trees help cool your home during the summer because of their shade, especially when strategically positioned.

On the other hand, during the winter, they can provide a wind break which essentially blocks cold air from hitting your home directly, which may help reduce your heating requirements

3. Install a programmable thermostat

Sure, it will cost money, but this one-time purchase is worth it. You can save on power when you can effortlessly control and preset different temperatures in your household.

According to the Department of Energy, an estimated 10% can be saved per year simply by having a thermostat and switching it back 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours daily.

4. Convert your household into a eco-friendly abode

This decision can save you money through tax deductions.

Installing solar panels and switching to energy-efficient light bulbs are two common ways to start the move to an eco-friendly home.

Check out this home improvement infographic from Clydesdale Bank to find more upgrades you can work on.

You can also have a solar-powered generator that stores energy to power your electronic devices. You don’t have to directly plug these generators into your electrical outlets, consequently saving on additional energy consumption.

These solar generators store energy collected from solar panels and transfer the power to their built-in solar battery. The accumulated energy can power home appliances and electronic devices. If you want to see the best solar generators available today, check out generator-pro.co.uk.

5. Change your lifestyle

Studies show that taking cold showers during hot days is a great way to cool the body down and avoid sweating, which ultimately leads to a reduction in the need for water.

Furthermore, because hot water is not needed, electricity is saved by keeping the water heater switched off. Another lifestyle change to save on electricity bills is to hang the laundry outside on a clothesline instead of putting it in the dryer.

Take advantage of the extreme heat and let your clothes dry naturally in the sun. Be careful, however, as leaving it too long can damage the fabric.

Many homes also follow a particular schedule to turn their lights on in different areas of the house. Additionally, most homes decide to convert their light bulbs to energy-efficient ones because this has been known to affect electricity costs significantly. 

Some homes invest in smart appliances that can be digitally manipulated. Suppose you forget to turn off the air conditioning unit after leaving the house.

In that case, you could turn it off using your mobile device, so you don’t have to worry about an appliance running at home, accumulating unnecessary energy consumption.

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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2 Comments

  1. Katie Albury
    May 27, 2015 / 6:15 pm

    Really interesting post Jen…this is something we’ve been looking into lately as our electricity bills are really high. We struggle with drying the clothes in our flat so I use the tumble dryer for the sheets and towels otherwise our place looks like a laundrette for half the week. Great tips though, will send onto my husband…might bag me some brownie points for looking into ways to save cash! Haha! 😉 xx

  2. nathaniel DANIELS
    August 30, 2016 / 10:56 pm

    i thank this is the way of the future it the only way to go green.

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