Saving energy…it’s something that so many of care about, especially when we get those electric bills in the middle of the summer. That’s why I’m excited to bring you this sponsored post thanks to my friends at StarTex Power.
Saving Energy – Top Tips by Room
The dreaded summer electric bill. It can be brutal for homeowners (and renters) everywhere. Here are some top tips on saving energy to help you and your family do your best to lower both your energy use and costs.
- Avoid using your oven, especially during summer months. Think about using the grill outdoors or making a protein-filled summer salad for a meal. Using the oven mid-summer can make the kitchen extra hot, tempting you to turn down the air conditioning.
- Think about replacing any older appliances with Energy Star products to save on costs. I know most of our large appliances now are Energy Star and I see a big difference.
FUN FACT: Over the last 22 years, the little blue Energy Star label has helped save more than $362 billion on utility bills and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2.4 billion metric tons.
- Use Energy Star light bulbs in all your lights and ceiling fan lighting. Yes, Energy Star products are easy to find, as they aren’t just major appliances anymore.
- Install ceiling fans to make a world of difference instead of turning on the A/C.
- Schedule the thermostat for your heating and cooling needs. I know that without scheduling, I tend to forget to raise the temperature a few degrees when I’ll be gone all day or for extended periods traveling. Scheduling is so important and is an easy way to save energy and money.
- Change air conditioning filters regularly. We put this on our calendar so we don’t forget.
FUN FACT: Ceiling fans cost typically cost 1 penny per day. WHAT??!!?? Think about that the next time you want to turn on the air conditioning. StarTex shares how to use fans to lower an energy bill.
- Turn the water off while you are brushing your teeth. I realized just how much water I was wasting by keeping it flowing. Habit changed!
- Keep windows/blinds closed during hottest part of the day.
- Open windows in the Spring and Fall (unless you are like me and suffer horribly from allergies).
- Set outdoor lighting on a timer. One other tip is to use lightbulbs that are activated by the amount of light (comes on at dusk, goes off when sun rises).
But that’s not all. My friends at StarTex have even more tips for you…
TIP: StarTex’s new bundled electricity plan offers no service charge for AC system repairs to Dallas and Houston customers!
StarTex has put together a new guide full of household tips to help readers become the Hero of the House! Be sure to also follow StarTex Power on Facebook , as they often share amazingly helpful posts.
With saving energy in mind, what is something you do to help?