3 Ways To Cut Down On Your Summer Electric Bills

As the temperatures are getting warmer, your electricity bill is going to skyrocket. While you cannot stop the temperatures from rising, it is possible for you to stop your utility bills from getting out of control. To do so, it doesn't mean that you have to cut your lights and sit in the dark or turn off your air conditioner forever and sweat all summer. Here are three things that you can do to help reduce your summer electric bills:

1. Program Your Thermostat

Whether you currently have a programmable thermostat installed or you are just planning on getting on, make sure that you read up on how to use it and actually get it programmed. It can't do anything for you and your utility bill if it isn't programmed. However, when you program it so that it is turned back between seven and 10 degrees for at least eight hours a day, a programmable thermostat can save you up to 10 percent on your heating and cooling bills. 

2. Make Sure Your Washing Machine and Dishwasher Are Both Full.

Regardless of whether you put a full load of clothes or dishes in your washing machine or dishwasher, the same amount of energy and water is going to be used. So, you might as well make sure that you load them up so that you get the most bang for your buck. Plus, they'll both run less often, which means that they'll likely last a little longer. You'll save money this way, too. You can also save by using cold water instead of hot water for your laundry. Also, instead of putting the clothes in the dryer, you could put them out on a line and let the sun dry them for you, assuming that your neighborhood permits this type of activity. For your dishes, you can skip the dry cycle and either let the water evaporate or hand-dry the dishes when you put them up. 

3. Put Your Ceiling Fans to Use.

If your home has ceiling fans, turn off the air conditioner and use them. They take a lot less energy than an air conditioner running on full blast. Plus, ceiling fans make it so that you can raise the thermostat four degrees without suffering any comfort reduction. In some cases, you may not even need the air conditioner. 

If you need help with the installation of a ceiling fan or a programmable thermostat, don't hesitate to reach out to a qualified electrician. Also, before the weather gets too warm, consider contacting a professional for a home energy audit to ensure that your home is as energy efficient as it can be.