Looking to stash away some cash before summer? Look to your energy-use habits. The following tips can help:
Focus on the Fridge. Proper cleaning of the fridge can reduce its energy consumption. Start by dusting/removing the dirt from refrigerator coils, removing food to allow air to circulate which increases efficiency. Make sure refrigerators are not placed in direct sunlight or near the oven to maintain a cold temperature.
Watch the Windows. Cleaning windows or dusting blinds? Be sure to leave them open to take advantage of natural light during the day. Consider opening windows, and turning off your A/C, when cooler weather allows.
Fire up the Grill. Reduce the temperature inside your home by using an outdoor grill or smoker instead of indoor ovens and stoves.
Think Thermostat. Set manual thermostats to 78 degrees in the summer for peak efficiency and make the most of programmable thermostats, which help decrease energy use based on your lifestyle.
Tune up the A/C. Have your A/C unit professionally serviced now to ensure it’s running efficiently and ready for summer. Also, when doing yard work, be sure to trim nearby plants and cut grass away from around the A/C units so it can receive proper air flow.