Summer is just around the corner and with that comes the extra use of electric fans, air conditioners and even water. To curb the rising costs of these utilities, here are some tips you could help lower your energy consumption during the warm days to come.

1. Clean you’re air conditioner system’s filter. Sometimes, prolonged use of the A/C could collect dust and other particles in its filter. This affects the cool air that comes from the equipment. Because of the dirt that blocks the filter, the right temperature does not come out and many are forced to up the level of the A/C system, which consumes more energy.

Take the time to wash the filter and you’ll feel the difference with cooler air from your system.

2. Take a rest from the A/C and use an electric fan. The fan is a good alternative to keep you cool during summer. Yes, it would still eat up electricity but it does not take much compared to a bulky A/C system.

3. Open the windows at night to let the cool breeze in. Another alternative to save electricity is let the night breeze in instead of switching on the air conditioner.

4. During the warm days, keep the windows closed or at least half open to prevent the sun’s warmth from coming in and heating up a room. Another way to keep the sunlight out is to pull down the blinds or keep curtains closed as added sunlight could also bring the interior temperature up.

5. Because every move you make emits body heat, avoid working out at home during the summer. This would only add to the hot feeling you have at home. Continue working out but consider doing it outside such as jogging or walking in the park, even in yoga in your backyard is preferable. Just minimize the movements you do at home to help lessen the heat.

6. When doing laundry, skip the clothes dryer and opt to hang wet clothes and dry it the old-fashioned way – with the use of a clothesline. The hot temperature would easily dry your clothes out with minimal usage of electricity.

7. Similarly, give the dishwasher a rest and manually clean your plates and glasses.

8. If you must really use the dishwasher, you could disable the “heated dry method” that makes your dishes dry after rinsing. Instead, use a “rinsing agent” so that it coats the dishes and prevents water spots from forming.

9. Minimize indoor kitchen cooking. Utilize the outdoors and organize a barbecue and grill food so that usage of gas and electricity inside is lessened.

10. Replace bulbs with the “energy efficient” kind so that it emits a brighter light with less energy used. This kind of bulbs also last longer than the regular incandescent and fluorescent so it also helps you save money, which could be allotted for other things.

11. Take shorter showers. During the summer, the temptation to take a prolonged bath under the cold water is big. But this would consume a lot of water that could be used for other purposes. Keep your showers short and turn off the faucet or nozzle when you’re soaping up. Another method you could employ is to bring a bucket inside, fill it up with water and use it for your shower. This would prevent you from turning on the nozzle and wasting water.

12. Consider having a home insulation foam system installed. This could cost you but it could do wonders for your house during the hot summer days. There are different brands of insulation foam like HOMSULATE for example, which is available, that you can stick in your walls or ceiling so that it absorbs the heat from the environment.

13. Enjoy the outdoors. It’s summer and there are lots of activities you can do outside. Step out and take a short swim, picnic or exercise outside so you could prevent body heat from accumulating at home. Aside from that, you get to enjoy nature and you help in lowering the energy consumption in your home.

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