Conserving Energy During the Summer

New England weather is hot with a touch of humidity all throughout the summer.  Between the central air kicking on every few minutes and the cold showers for this family the summertime is always an expensive season for utilities.
So in an effort to cut back on utilities we have learned some thrifty ways to save.
One way to save is setting the thermostat for a comfortable temperature.  Sure the air conditioner feels amazing, but it doesn't need to run all the time.  Setting the temperature too low can cause the unit to kick on too frequently.

In addition to using the air conditioner use fans to help circulate the cold air.  The more circulation you have the less the air conditioner comes on.

My husband loves to open the blinds to let the sun and I prefer the dark.  Now I have a reason to keep the blinds closed because opened blinds can cause the house to heat up making the temperature rise and causing the air conditioner to keep coming on because it thinks it is hotter than it is, especially with the selection of blinds at Express Essex Blinds.

Another way to cut expenses is to use cold or warm water instead of hot.  It sounds funny, but I only take hot showers... even in the summer.  I have been trying to keep my shower time down and even started turning the water down to a colder setting.  While I have been opposed to this for so long I thought I wouldn't be able to do it, I have found it is not too bad.

There are also traditional ways to save on utilities such as turning off lights when not in the room, switching to LED lighting as they use less energy, and also running your appliances such as the washer and dryer during non-peak times.

How do you cut costs on utilities?

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