Summer is just about here and it seems like the cost of everything is getting more and more expensive. But when it comes to summertime you can burn even more electricity than you did in the winter time. The kids are usually home from school and the air conditioner is running almost 24 hrs a day. But there are many ways that you can save on your electric costs this summer.
To start with take a look at your air conditioner. If it is old you may want to think about getting a new one. There are a lot of new air conditioners that are smaller, and a lot more energy efficient. Also try to purchase an air conditioner that has a temperature setting. These type of air conditioners will automatically cut themselves off when the room reaches a certain temperature. This will avoid the problem of the air conditioner running all day.
Another way that you can save money on the electric during the summer months, is by keeping the kids outside and occupied. If you have plenty to keep your kids busy, this will keep them from sitting in front of the television all day, or playing video games for the entire summer. You will be amazed at how much money you can save, just by keeping your children occupied. When it comes to cooking dinner or even lunch for those who have electric stoves, why night fire up the grill and cook outside. It may take a lot more effort and energy on your part, but it will be well worth the effort. Not only will you save money, but you will be able to spend more time outside with the family.
Of course the bottom line is that it is not necessary for you to take drastic or extraordinary measures in order to reduce your electric costs this summer. You may also want to consider using ceiling or oscillating fans, that are a lot less expensive to operate. Also before you use your air conditioners make sure you clean it and have it serviced it if needs it. Keep your drapes closed on the really sunny days, this will help to keep your house cooler. Try using heat generating household appliances in the morning or very late in the evening when the temperatures outside are a lot lower. These are just a few tips and suggestions that should help you save money this summer.