*Disclosure: This post is sponsored by PPL Electric Utilities. I am a Project Envolve Ambassador and have received product/compensation to facilitate this post. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.
Beat the Heat but don’t break the bank! Forecast is calling for a hot summer in NEPA, but you don’t have to sacrifice keeping cool in order to be energy-efficient. As a frugal mom, I am always looking for ways to save money. As I stated last month, efficient cooking habits are a huge part of that plan but so is cutting the cost of everyday bills. I have partnered with PPL Electric Utilities to share some cooling tips that won’t make you sweat over the bills. Just because you’re cooling your home more efficiently doesn’t mean that you need to sacrifice your comfort. We want to show you how much better it will feel when you’re saving money too!
Don’t think that you need to conquer all the tips this week, but try focusing on one tip and making the changes. I decided to change all the light bulbs in my house from energy smart spiral CFL to LED lights. I didn’t realize that LED lights product light without generating extra heat. Light smarter with LEDs. You’ll use up to 90% less energy and save up to $80 over the bulb’s lifetime. The more you switch, the more you’ll save. PPL Electric Utilities customers can learn more about LEDs and get instant discounts at participating stores.
Efficient Cooling Tips
- Avoid setting your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any fast and could result in excessive cooling and, therefore, unnecessary expense.
- Consider using an interior fan along with your window air conditioner to spread the cooled air through your home without greatly increasing your power use.
- Avoid placing appliances that give off heat, such as lamps or TVs, near the thermostat.
- Use a fan. Ceiling fans will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4 degrees without reducing your comfort.
There are a few tips that we have implemented to beat the heat. We have central air cooling system in our house, so our first attempt to beat the heat was to program our thermostat adjusting the air when no one is home. It’s silly to waste energy cooling the house when no one is home, so during the day we adjusted the thermostat to a higher temperature. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, this small adjustment can help save about 1-3 percent per degree.
Closing curtains or blinds during the day is another suggestion to beat the heat. Think about it, the house will be cooler by keeping the sunlight from heating up the air inside your house. We are excited to try energy-efficient insulated curtains as well this summer.
Remember the efficient cooking tips that I shared last month. If you switch up how you cook by using the microwave or a slow cooker rather than turning on your oven. How about grilling. I swear, we use our grill about 4 times a week during the summer because the kids just love cookout foods and eating outside. When it’s hot outside, we try to also eat small meals and snacks rather than big meals. It’s a huge time and energy saver, plus when on hot days our kids just want to eat popsicles and fruit throughout the day.
Following these 10 easy tips will make a big difference on those blazing hot days when your cooling system would usually be working overtime.
10 Tips to Beat the Summer Heat
- Clean or change AC Filters Once a Month
- Switch out your light bulbs
- Use the wind-chill factor
- Save it for later
- Use windows and blinds to your advantage
- Get Low
- Program your thermostat
- Keep air vents clear
- Switch up how you cook
- Seal it up
For more efficient recipes, check out the PPL Electric Utilities Taste the Tips Savings Blog and PPL Electric Utilities’ Pinterest
Check out some of the recipes shared by my blogging buddies involved in Project Envolve