Tips to lower your summer electric bill

Dated: 05/16/2018

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The temperature may be getting higher, but that doesn't mean you want your bills to be higher.  Here are some tips to help reduce electricity costs during the summer.  

1. Switch to CFL bulbs – CFLs use up to 75% less energy (and last up to 10 times longer!) than incandescent bulbs do. 

2. Buy Energy Star appliances – If you see the “Energy Star” label on an appliance, it means it meets efficiency guidelines that will save you upwards of $100 a year on your electric bill just by replacing one appliance. 

3. Wash cold – If you wash your laundry in cold water, you can save $60 or more in a single year! 

4. Use a programmable thermostat – Set your thermostat to a few degrees higher when you’re not home, but schedule it to turn back up about 30 minutes before you arrive so it’s comfortable when you get home. 

5. Close your curtains – Not only will the sun come up earlier in the summer, it gets hotter faster, too. Closing your drapes can drastically cut heat loss, especially if they have an insulating layer. 

6. Change your filters – Your air conditioner filters need to be changed once every 30 days. Not only will this help with your electric bill, it’ll help keep the air a bit cleaner, too. 

7. Lower the temp – Lower the temperature on your water heater. Water heaters are one of the largest energy expenses. 

Have other tips you would like to share?  Please feel free to reach out at [email protected]

Michelle Foreman

Fourth Generation Realtor, Texas Urban Living

C: 214-394-2487

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