10 Tips for Summer Energy Conservation (without spending a dime)
Here are some tips for staying cool this summer while decreasing your energy consumption. If you're not ready to go solar, there are still plenty of changes you can make to reduce your carbon footprint.
1. Turn your thermostat to 120 degrees. Run a meat thermometer under the water 5-6 hours after you lower the temperature and adjust the settings on the thermostat as necessary.
2. Wash your clothes in cold water.
3. Insulate your hot water heater.
4. Hang your clothes in the summer sun to dry instead of using the dryer (and tell people you've gone solar!).
5. Clean the lint trap on your dryer between each load to keep it running efficiently.
6. Only run full loads for your dishwasher and laundry.
7. Set your fridge to 38-40 degrees. 5-6 hours after you adjust the setting, check the temp with a meat thermometer. Adjust the settings as necessary until you hit 38-40 degrees.
8. Turn off the lights and use lower wattage bulbs.
9. In the summer set your thermostat to 78 degrees when home and 85 when you're out.
10. Close your curtains and windows during sunny hours to keep your house cool. The thicker the curtain, the better.