Now that summer is in full swing, it’s natural to be thinking about how to save money on your energy bill. As your trusted energy provider, Piedmont Electric is here to remind you of energy-saving tips you can implement during these warm months. We know that summer is a popular time for vacations, so we’re sharing some of our favorite ways to reduce energy use while you’re on a trip, as well as everyday tips to make the hottest months of the year a little easier on your wallet.
Save money while on vacation…
Before you leave for a trip, remember the following tips to help reduce energy consumption while you’re away:
- Unplug electronics and appliances. Even when not in use, these products consume energy just being plugged in the outlet.
- Raise the temperature. Most people can be comfortable in the summer with the thermostat set to 78˚F. However, when you’re out of town, you can raise it a few more degrees to a higher temperature so your HVAC is not cooling empty rooms.
- Turn off the lights. Make sure all indoor and outdoor lights are turned off before you leave. If you’re concerned about safety, consider setting lights on a timer so they are not constantly on while you’re away.
- Adjust the water heater. Lower the temperature on your water heater to the lowest setting. Just remember to adjust it back when you get home!
…Or when you’re at home
Once you get back from vacation, you can continue the savings by implementing these small changes in your life:
- Know when to use a fan. Remember, fans cool people, not rooms. Turn off your ceiling fan when you leave the room.
- Close the blinds. Keep your blinds and curtains closed to prevent excess heat from coming into your home during the day.
- Replace air filters. Keep your HVAC system running efficiently by changing the air filters monthly.
- Skip the stove. Cooking dinner in the oven or on the stovetop can increase the amount of heat in your home which causes your air conditioner to work harder. Use a slow cooker or outdoor grill to prepare your meal instead. Remember to regularly check your SmartHub account to see how following these tips can reduce your bill.