5 Summer Energy Savers
by Doris Dobkins
The Cost of Using Your Clothes Dryer
Summer Kitchen Energy Efficiency
Whenever you save energy, the environment benefits and your summer energy bills are reduced. Here are a few ideas to keep you cooler as well as shave a few dollars off those monthly energy bills:
- Plant some deciduous shrubs and trees on the west side of your home.
- Dry your clothes outside on a laundry line.
- Lower your water heater temperature to 140 degrees (120 degrees in homes with children or elderly residents).
- Use your dishwasher, clothes dryer and other heat producing appliances in the morning or after 8:00 p.m. Only run when fully loaded.
- Consider a retractable awning on your home. Awnings can block direct sunlight and reduce heat gain in a home up to 77%, reducing the inside temperature up to 20 degrees. They can also help cut glare and eliminate faded upholstery, drapes and carpet.
Doris Dobkins is a money saving expert, author and speaker and has helped thousands of people find ways to save money and get out of debt.
Share your thoughts about this article with the editor: Click Here
Take the Next Step
- Subscribe to Surviving Tough Times email newsletter. Each week we'll give you practical survival tools for a challenging economy!
Discuss "How do you fight high summertime energy bills?" in The Dollar Stretcher Community
Also in Home
- DIY backyard waterfall
- Painting a basement floor
- Make your own laundry detergent
- Do-it-yourself home remodeling on the cheap
- Simple steps to lower your water and sewer bills
- Decorating with yard sale finds
- Managing your mortgage
- The cheapskate's guide to flooring
- 5 ways your house can make you go broke
- 5 simple and affordable luxuries for your home
- Does staging really raise a home's price?
- 6 energy-saving projects for your home
- The right way and wrong way to pay down your mortgage
- 6 cheap, effective home security solutions
- How much equity can you cash out of your home?
- 6 home projects that don't pay for themselves
- Should I refinance my home equity line?