Are you wondering how to keep your energy costs manageable this summer?

As temperatures in the summer climb, energy usage and costs can skyrocket. In this article, you will find energy saving tips that will help cool your home during the hot summer months. These tips have been compiled from energy saving experts. 

A few of the tips are easy fixes and others require a minor investment. Find out what best suits you and your family to conserve energy.

Energy Saving Tips

Ceiling Fans

Energy.gov recommends using a ceiling fan to keep you cool during the hot summer days. The use of a ceiling fan allows you to raise the temperature in your home by 4 degrees without reducing any comfort. The fan helps to cool. Make sure to turn the fan off when you leave the room.

Avoid Peak Hours

Avoid using your appliances during peak hours from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. According to Consumers Energy this will help prevent outages.

Wash Your Clothes in Warm or Cold Water

Washing your clothes in warm or cold water will help you save energy. When you combine that with rinsing your clothes only in cold water you see big savings. According to Consumers Energy you will see a 4 percent energy savings.

Adjust Your Thermostat

Consumers Energy and Energy.gov agree on the magic number to set your thermostat to. That number is 78 degrees.  When you are not home, keep the temperature even warmer.

Open Your Windows at Night

In Metro-Detroit, summer nights can be cooler. Before bed, open the windows and allow the cool outside air to keep you cool.

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

The City of Novi has an amazing Go Green campaign. Their energy saving tip is to use a programmable thermostat. This could save you up to$180 in energy costs. It can also help control your home’s temperature while you are asleep or away.

Perform Cooling Equipment Maintenance

Don’t forget to maintain your cooling equipment. This includes checking your air filter if needed each month. Energy Star reports dirt and neglect is the number one cause of heating system failure.

Energy Efficient Cooking

Can you guess the most energy efficient way to cook? According to Consumer Energy, it is in the microwave.

Use that Dishwasher

Save time and money by using you dishwasher.  Your dishwasher uses less water than washing dishes by hand. Consumers Energy also recommends let your dishes air dry.

More Energy Saving Tips

The City of Novi offered a great list of energy saving tips including, 

  • Run your dishwasher only when it’s full. 
  • Weatherize and insulate your home. 
  • Use a low-flow shower head.
  • Keeping your water heater thermostat no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and much more.

Bonus: Keeping Cool

Do not forget to keep cool by visiting Lakeshore Park in Novi, Michigan. This great park has swimming, playgrounds, nature trails, picnic space and much more. For more information, please see the City of Novi’s web page at: Lakeshore Park.

Take Away

Energy costs in the summer months can climb along with high temperatures. With a few simple tips from using or installing ceiling fans to using your dishwasher and letting your dishes air dry, you will be well on your way to managing energy costs.

Your Turn

What is one of your favorite ways to conserve energy?