Arizona is notorious for its insanely high summer temperatures. It is equally famous for its hefty power bills. As temperatures creep above 100, homeowner’s hands start creeping towards the thermostat. Keeping at home at even 80 degrees during the summer can be extremely expensive. There are lots of ways a homeowner can save themselves some money on their power bill. Following is part one, of a multi part serious on saving money and lowering energy costs.
Quick and Easy Daily Tips
Some energy saving methods are extensive, and come with a large upfront cost, while others are simple habits you can begin practicing immediately. When doing your dishes tonight, turn of your dishwasher’s drying cycle. Instead, allow the dishes to air-dry. This may take more time, but it will save you at the end of the month.
The same thing can be done for clothing. Dryers use an immense amount of energy. In Arizona’s arid climate, clothing which has been left out to air-dry could be dry in a few short hours. If you have the space to do it, air drying is an excellent way to save on your energy bill.
Hot water heaters are notorious energy hogs. Even in summertime people seem to enjoy a nice warm shower. It has a way of relaxing the body and the mind. How hot does a hot shower need to be? Turn the temperature on your hot water heater down to 120. You will still get warm showers, but the monthly cost of staying clean will be significantly reduced.
Many homeowners overlook the importance of turning off or unplugging appliances when that are not being used. The lights and TV in your little used guest bedroom need only be plugged in when you actually have guests visiting. Appliance draw small amounts of energy even when they are turned off. Keeping them unplugged for an entire month will undoubtable result in savings.