3 Simple Ways to Use Less Electricity in Your Home This Summer

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If you live in a warm area, keeping your level of energy consumption down in the summer can be difficult. Fortunately, there are things you can do this summer to use less electricity. Here are some of them:

1. Change out your thermostat

Older thermostats simply don’t work as well, and they usually cause your home to use up more electricity. The technology many older thermostats use doesn’t effectively measure and regulate the temperature in your home. So, consider switching out older thermostats with new digital, programmable thermostats. Look for models with the ENERGY STAR label. You can opt for a regular digital thermostat or a programmable digital thermostat.

Thermostats that are programmable allow you to control the temperature of your home during different parts of the day, even if you’re away from home. With a programmable thermostat, the temperature in your home throughout the day is what you program it to be. So, you can program your house to consistently be a little warmer throughout the day while you’re not around to conserve energy.

2. Sacrifice a little bit of your comfort

You may feel most comfortable with the thermostat set to 70 degrees in the summer. If you just turn it up a couple of degrees, however, you’d save a lot in terms of electricity costs and energy. There’s not much difference between how your house feels at 70 degrees and 72 degrees. Turning the thermostat up a little bit may make things a little more uncomfortable for you, but you’ll most likely adapt. Plus, you’ll be doing the environment and your pocketbook a favor.

3. Inspect your insulation

Your air conditioner has to work much harder if your home isn’t properly insulated. If you live in an older home or you suspect that your insulation isn’t as great as it could be, consider hiring someone to come out and inspect your home’s insulation. If you discover that your home isn’t properly insulated in some areas, consider hiring some contractors to help you get it properly insulated. Or you could consider insulating areas like your windows yourself. A product called Icylene is an environmentally friendly foam insulation spray that you can use to help you insulate your home yourself. There are several other eco-friendly types of caulk and spray you can use as well.

So, there’s no need to use up excess amounts of energy this summer to keep your home cool. Try out the tips above, beat the heat, keep your costs down, and use less energy!

Author’s Bio: Ryan Franklin is a guest blogger on the subjects of home improvement, relocation, and where to find cheap movers.

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