We can’t believe it is nearly June! We’ve had a cooler spring on Chicago’s North Shore so far, but summer and its scorching hot days will be here before you know it along with the higher utility bills. There are some simple ways to keep your utility bills low and your bank account happy if you start preparing for the steamy summer months ahead of time. You’ll also be doing your part to help save the environment, as it is estimated that half of the energy used in your North Shore home goes towards maintaining a comfortable temperature. Ready to keep it green while keeping your green this summer? Here are some tips and tricks to try.
Keep the cool air inside. If cool air is escaping your North Shore home you’re throwing money out the window – quite literally! Make sure your window-unit air conditioners fit tightly so that cold air cannot leak back outside. If you have central air, be sure to insulate any drafty windows.
Keep your filters clean. To keep your air conditioning performing at its peak, it is advised that you clean your air filters once per month. This usually just involves rinsing them with water and letting them air dry before putting them back.
Program your thermostat. If you have central air and a programmable thermostat, you can save up to 30% on your energy costs annually. Set the temperature a few degrees higher while you’re gone during the day and program the air conditioning to kick on just before you get home.
Avoid using the oven. Turning on the oven heats up your entire home, forcing your air conditioner to work harder than it needs to. It’s time to fire up the grill and do your cooking outdoors.
Turn off and unplug electronics. Even when your television or stereo in the off position, it’s still sucking power out of the outlet. Unplug your electronics when you’re not using them, and you’ll be surprised at the savings on your energy bill.
Take these steps to lower your energy costs as the temperatures start rising and you’ll find that you have some extra cash to spend on all the summer fun the North Shore has to offer.
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