10 Ways to Stay Cool and Cut Your Bill
Is it just me or is it hot in here? Not only are we in a crazy heat wave, but the new Huntsville Utilities bills are out and while they claim they aren’t higher, they certainly aren’t lower. So how can your family save a little moolah this summer and still stay cool? Try these ten easy ways to save energy and cash.
Be a Little Hotter
Set your home’s thermostat a few degrees higher. For each one-degree change, your family can save up to 5 percent on your home’s heating and cooling costs!
Stay up Late
Use machines like washers, dryers, and dishwashers after 8 p.m.
Make it a Double
Make a double or triple batch when cooking dinner and put the second one in the freezer for another day. Keeping the freezer full helps it run more efficiently also – as long as you leave some room for circulation.
Replace Old Appliances
New appliances are much more efficient, and you can buy a new refrigerator (or washer, etc.) and pay the monthly payment with what you save on your utility bill.
Light a Match
Don’t let the bathroom fan run for 10 or 15 minutes. Bathroom odor is gone almost instantly.
Close the Door!
Teach your kids to close the door when they go in and out of the house to keep cool air in and summer heat out.
Let the Neighbors Talk
Close the drapes on a hot day to keep heat out.
Take a Cold Shower
Take a cooler shower on very hot days. If you make the shower too cold, you will feel extra hot when you go back into the hot air.
Make a big salad or sandwiches instead or cook your dinners outside on a barbecue, and you won’t heat your house.
Cook for Two (Nights)
When barbecuing steaks or burgers, cook some chicken at the same time. This can be refrigerated or frozen for later use in a salad for dinner.
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Good tips! I use some of them already, especially the cooking extra and cooking out. I love the tip titles, thanks for this early morning chuckle.