Want to know where all your money’s going in the dog days of summer? Chances are, it’s your electric bill. Findings from the U.S. Department of Energy show that air conditioning in the summer (and heating in the winter) accounts for almost half of your power bill.
Here’s how to get through the rest of the summer with your wallet intact.
There are several common sense things you can do to minimize energy consumption. Just find your internal parent nagging you to turn off the lights. Reduce cooling costs by planning activities outside. Don’t forget to turn the AC down when you leave home. According to the Department of Energy, this one act can save you up to 15 percent on your bill.
Keep potential savings at the front of your mind mind when you’re walking in from a hot day at the beach. Jolting the thermostat down to frigid temps won’t help the apartment cool down any faster, and you’ll likely just forget you did it as you adjust to the cooler environment.
You should also make a practice of setting your thermostat to 78 F. And deal with it. Your body (and mind) will adjust in a few days, and soon you won’t notice. Many communities have some smart thermostat technology to help you develop new habits and become more aware of what can save money.