There is no way around it, Houston Summers get HOT, but your utility bills don’t have to! While there are some things you just can’tavoid when the temperature starts to soar, here are some tips to keep your summer utility bills from burning holes in your pockets!
The Summer Is Heating Up, But Your Utilities Don’t Have To
In summer we can automatically head for the air conditioning but fans help keep air circulating and can help a space feel much cooler than it is. This can help you reduce your need for air conditioning and in turn save you some money this summer! Keeping summer utility bills low can be easy with some smart and simple tips like this.
Close Doors, Vents, Windows, Etc.
Keep the cool air where you need it and not where you don’t! There’s probably no reason to be cooling off your unused spaces right? That can save you a lot on summer utility bills, just simply closing doors, windows, and vents to other rooms.
The same is true of keeping outdoor spaces closed off. Make sure your doors have good weather strips to prevent leaks, don’t let doors or windows open for any extra time, and be sure that pets and kids are doing the same!!
Insulation is not just to keep you warm in the winter. It can be more cost effective to add some insulation during the summer to keep your home functioning at the most efficient levels possible. It will help keep the cold air in and the hot air out! Some fixes for insulation like spray foam, are inexpensive but can save you money on those summer utility bills.
Hang Out Your Laundry
During the summer months clothes can dry so quickly outside. This eliminates the need to run the dryer which can be hard on the electric bill and it also means you don’t have to heat up your house by running the dryer! You’ll have the added bonus of some fresh smelling laundry 🙂
Look For Cooler Recipes
Using the oven in the summer time is a mess! It heats up the house and sends the AC units into overdrive. If you want to make sure your home stays cool and your summer utility bills stay low, look for cooler recipes that don’t require much time in the oven or on the stove. Grilling during the summer is a great way to keep your energy bills low and your house nice and cool.
Use Electricity During Off Peak Hours
Many electric companies use peak pricing. Make sure you know when the peak hours are and avoid excessive energy use during those times. Set your appliances and AC units on timers to be sure you are saving the most money for your summer utility bills.
Local Energy Providers
Here are some local energy providers in Houston that you can check out! Shopping around for the best price on electricity can be a simple and effective way to reduce your summer utility bills.