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Save money on your utility bill

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Blog by Randy Miller | July 10th, 2014

After a long cold winter you might want to save some money on your utility bill! Here are some useful tips for you:

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Thermostats: Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be. Keep your house warmer than normal when you are away, and lower the thermostat setting to 78°F (26°C) only when you are at home and need cooling. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature. Find out how to operate your thermostat for maximum energy savings. Smart thermostats like Ecobee or Nest can help you to easily save energy and they pay themselves off in as little as 18 months.

Use blinds: To save energy this summer and stay cool, use blinds & drapes to block direct sunlight. You can also install solar screens. Close the blinds during the day.

Fans: Use fans in addition to your A/C to keep the air moving.

Change your filters: Changing filters helps with the efficiency of the A/C. Replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner's energy consumption by 5-15 percent.

Lights: Turn off lights and electronics if you don't use them. Take advantage of daylight instead of artificial lighting, but avoid direct sunlight.

Vintage drying: Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes. Consider air drying both dishes and clothing. Dryers use an enormous amount of energy.

Avoid additional heating sources: Minimize activities that generate a lot of heat, such as running a computer, burning open flames, running a dishwasher, and using hot devices such as curling irons or hair dryers. Even stereos and televisions will add some heat to your home. So use the dishwasher, oven, etc. at night. cause if you use them during the day they produce heat and you have to cool off your home again.  On hot days, avoid using the oven; cook on the stove, use a microwave oven, or BBQ outside! Grilling outside won't add heat inside like a stove. Just don't keep the door open.

Take showers: Take short showers instead of baths!!!!!

Don't cool down your house too much! If you are not at home during the day turn on the A/C when you come home and turn it off when you are leaving the house. Avoid setting your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and unnecessary expense.

Talk about energy use in your home. talk with your family how you could save energy and not waste it.

Home evaluation: Plug your home's leaks. Weather-strip, seal, and caulk leaky doors and windows and install foam gaskets behind outlet covers. The better your home is insulated the more energy you will save. Adding new or additional insulation to your ceilings, attic and walls will prevent cold drafts and air leaks to keep warm air inside during the freezing winter or in summer keeps the cool air from A/C inside your home.

Save energy, save money!

Randy Miller
Sales Representative
Re/Max Rouge River Realty Ltd., Brokerage
905-668-1800 or 905-427-1400