Save Energy, Save Money: A Simple Equation

Summer's coming, and you want to save energy. Between fans, air conditioning, and the kids blaring the TV and lights 24-7, summer energy bills can really drain you. Fortunately, it's not all that hard to save money and energy, even in the hot and sticky summer months.

There are many ways to save energy as long as you get the family on board. Not only will you save valuable money for a family holiday or outing, you'll be helping the environment and 'going green' is one of the best ways possible.

How to save on energy bills

Convinced yet? Here are some simple ways to save energy this summer.

1. Don't run the air conditioner when no one's home. Yes, it's unpleasant to come home to a hot, stagnant house, but really, it doesn't take very long for the air conditioner to get working again, and you'll save a bundle.

2. Reduce the amount you use the air conditioner. If you usually set the temperature to 70, set it to 72. Ceiling and area fans use less energy than air conditioning, and they circulate the cool air to make your home more energy efficient.

3. Try to barbeque, microwave, or use stovetop cooking in the summer months. When you use your oven, it uses a ton of energy -- and heats up your home, making the air conditioner work even harder.

4. Close the windows and the curtains. If you're running an air conditioner (and many times even if you're not), your house will stay far cooler when there isn't hot air and sunshine coming in the windows.

5. Encourage the kids to turn off the electronics and go outside. Not only will you save money, your kids will be healthier and happier.

6. Check your air conditioner's filter and make sure it's clean.

7. Store large pitchers of water in the fridge. You'll save on water when people stand there running the tap for ten minutes hoping for some sort of magical ice water to come out of the kitchen sink, and it will help people cool down naturally.

8. Use the opportunity to cool down your baths and showers. You'll bring down your body temperature and save money on hot water.

9. Invest in a clothesline, even if it's just a piece of twine tied across the backyard. In the summer months, clothes dry quickly and efficiently outside. You'll save a lot of money by not running the dryer, and your clothes will smell incredibly clean and fresh.

10. You can save on energy bills year round by simple changes. For example, never run the dishwasher unless it's full, and let the dishes air dry instead of heat dry. Small changes make a big difference when it comes to energy.

There you have it: ten ways to save energy, and save money, this summer. None of them should cause panic in your family, and put together, they'll definitely help you save energy all summer long!

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