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Saving Money on Your Summer Energy Bills

| June 9, 2016 | 11 Comments

Saving money on summer energy bills

 

Saving money and energy use in the summer is not only great for the environment, but is also great for your family budget. With the school year almost over its time to start thinking about you and kids spending more time at home. It takes only a few simple steps to cut your energy bill by as much as 20%-50%.

Saving energy doesn’t have to be difficult and it doesn’t have to cost much money or time. It has more to do with changing a few energy-wasting habits like reminding the kids to close the door when they go outside. And where costs are involved – such as having your air conditioner checked annually by a professional – the expense can be offset by making your system more efficient and longer-lasting.

1.) Close drapes or shades during the day to block the sun.

2.) Keep cool air in by installing or checking insulation and weather stripping.

3.) Cook on the BBQ to keep cooking heat outside. When using the stove, vent heat outside with a range hood.

4.) Use a microwave instead of an oven. Microwaves use less than half the power of a conventional oven and cook food in about one-fourth the time.

5.) Dry dishes the old fashion way by hand or use the air-dry feature on dishwashers.

6.) Service air conditioners and furnace annually and change the filter regularly. Use a programmable thermostat to regulate the temperature in your home, and turn air conditioners off when no one is home.

7.) Use cold water rather than hot when showering – just kidding – when your doing the laundry. You will save about 85% of the energy it takes to wash clothes.

8.) Use washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers in the evening when Hydro rates are theoretically lower.

9.) Save energy by using the fast rather than slow spinning cycle when drying clothes, since the fast cycle removes more water.

10.) Switch to fluorescent lights that use on-third of the energy than incandescent lights.

Remember that appliances account for about 20% of your household’s energy use. A new energy-efficient refrigerator could save from $35 to $70 a year compared to models of 15 years ago. This amounts to between $525 and $1,050 during the average 15-year life of the unit.

Start your summer with these saving money steps by implement these habits into your family routine. I find a good way to get my kids into these habits is to tell them that the money we save can be used to buy more popsicles. 

Have a fun and safe summer.

@AndrewWBradley

 

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Andrew is a licensed Life Insurance Broker and Registered Retirement Consultant-RRC® helping Ottawa families since 2011. He is a father of two boys, owner of LifeInsurance-Orleans.ca, LifeInsurance-Ottawa.ca and was a host of Ottawa Experts on Rogers Cable 22. Author's website.

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  1. Jonnie says:

    Great tips! I follow most of these already but I never knew hydro rates where lower during the evening. I’ll have to check to see if this is the case in Alberta.

  2. KD says:

    If the weather is too hot, though, a lukewarm shower can be inviting! 😉

  3. Excellent tips. A couple I never thought of.

  4. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I already use a lot of these tips. Since my apartment faces north I don’t get hardly any direct sunlight, I wish I did. 🙂

  5. Judy Cowan says:

    All great tips especially with how much Hydro is costing in Ontario now. Actually when it is hot out I prefer a cool shower 🙂

  6. Kristi says:

    These are really good tips. But when it’s hot out, I do lower my temperature in the shower, feels good and I save energy 🙂

  7. kathy downey says:

    THANKS FOR SHARING ALL THESE GREAT $$$$$ SAVING TIPS.HAVE A LOVLY LONG WEEKEND

  8. AD says:

    Great tips! We do use cooler water when showering during the summer. There are a few tips in your list that are new to me.

  9. Laurie P says:

    we do some of these on a regular basis……actually considering nixing the a/c this season.

  10. Cheryl says:

    Thanks for the tips.I find closing the drapes is a get way to keep my house cool.

  11. Steph says:

    We already wash and dry our dishes by hand so we dont need to use our dish washer, but I havent thought about washing our clothes in cold water so that will probably be next on my list!

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