Beat the Summer Heat and High Electric bills

Summer is here! But with this summer’s extreme heat, I’m sure I’ll be looking at some pretty high electric bills. But with some online research, I have found a few helpful hints to lower that cost.

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  • Keep blinds or shades closed.
    When open, the sun can really heat up a room. Turn off the lights. They add heat, just like sunlight does.
  • Use Energy Saver Option on Air Conditioner
    When you are not at home, use the energy saver option on your air conditioner rather than turning it off. The energy saver will keep your house at a cool temperature. If you turn off your air conditioner the temperature in your house will rise, and when you turn the unit back on it will need to work harder to cool your house down again, in turn rising your electric bill.
  • Air Conditioner Maintenance/Filters
    Proper maintenance of your air conditioning can ensure that your system will operate at its optimal efficiency level. The more efficiently it runs the less energy/money you waste. Proper maintenance can also prevent many small problems from becoming big, expensive ones later. In addition, change your air filters monthly. A dirty air filter can cost you money because it blocks the air flow, or a broken air compressor, can cause your unit to work harder to push cool air through your home. A clean air filter will save you money on energy costs and prolong the life of your air conditioner.
  • Learn to live without air conditioning.
    A ceiling fan will keep you somewhat comfortable, until the temperature really rises. Even more cost-saving, consider using a hand-held paper fan that uses no electricity.
  • Open the windows for a cool breeze and turn the thermostats off.
    If its hot during the night sleep with the windows open. It feels so great to have a nice cool breeze going while your sleeping.
  • Leave the house
    It’s summer: go to the beach, etc. When you do go, make sure everything is off and unplugged (well not everything) but you get the point.

Saving money on your electric bill is easy when you know where to make cuts. There are some simple and cost-effective ways to reduce your energy use during the summer months. You can drastically reduce your energy bill during the hot summer months by limiting your air conditioner use, installing thermal drapes and using fans to maximize the ventilation in your home. A high electric bill can be a source of great stress for many struggling consumers. This summer, don’t fret over a costly energy bill and find ways to reduce your bill instead.

11 Comments

  • Reply Chubskulit Rose April 15, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks for this tips, we never turn off our air conditioner during summer time. The Energy Saver option is one great way to really cut the cost of electric bill.

  • Reply Adin Blankenship April 16, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Our summer in the US is not upon us yet, but when it gets here, it can be excruciating. I mean heat and humidity are worse. We can’t even turn off our air conditioner because it isn’t going to work. There are times that it is so hot outside, some air conditioners just give up and can’t hack it from the scorching heat outside. I wish we could just go to the beach and be out of the house, but we don’t have beach around our area though. And some places where there are beaches, it can be too hot to be outside as well. Oh dear! Just the matter of being resourceful I guess and find more ways to save up even just a little bit because every little bit counts. When in summer we usually go to the mountains on a vacation to excape the summer heat. Great tips you got here though.

    • Reply Maica Ocfemia-Figuracion April 18, 2013 at 2:05 am

      The summer heat now here in the Philippines is quite different from the previous years. It’s really way hotter now. Maybe, it’s the effect of global warming. How was it to go camping in the mountain, I haven’t tried that out yet.

  • Reply joy h April 16, 2013 at 1:45 am

    Thanks for the great tips on how to save electricity. I know how crazy energy bill is, too glad we don;t have to worry about it. Since we have a plan where we only have to pay fixed rate monthly. It doesn’t matter how much electricity we’ve used which indeed a very pretty good deal especially in the country where winter and summer are strongest.

    • Reply Maica Ocfemia-Figuracion April 18, 2013 at 2:13 am

      You have that kind of plan? I hope there’s one like that here in the Philippines. During summertime, our electric bill rise above twice our normal consumption.

  • Reply Dhemz April 16, 2013 at 3:06 am

    great tips you have here sis…:) actually, I tried opening up our blinds and windows but it doesn’t work…the house gets warmer and warmer…the Texas heat is just unbearable.

  • Reply Bless April 16, 2013 at 4:45 am

    Those are really great tips. We will have high electric bill here during winter for the heater. During summer our bill is lower but our water bill increases as we water the grass and plants in our yard often 🙂

  • Reply Marms @ Home and Household April 16, 2013 at 4:57 am

    Yup! Summer is the worst time of the year when it comes to electric bills. Great tips!

  • Reply jheylo April 16, 2013 at 5:09 am

    great tips you got there, i bet many of us can benefit from these if we do it and save money too

  • Reply Gven-Rose April 16, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    great tips to minimize high electric bill this summer, as for me, I don’t use our aircon, aside from it needs cleaning i dont want to have high electric bill again..

  • Reply Working MAMA April 17, 2013 at 3:59 am

    helpful post indeed to keep save elect bill..thanks for sharing

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