Here in the Southeastern United States, electricity prices seem to climb with the temperature. While the cost of electricity does goes up and down, it is typically how much of it we use that makes our utility bill rise.
You could try to stop using electricity.
You could also try to create your own electricity from alternative sources such as solar, wind and water-powered electricity generators.
However, many of us find ourselves either stuck in a position where those options are not plausible, or we are looking for a more immediate solution.
Saving Energy: Efficiency
Everyone you know has a tip or trick on saving energy. We learn as little children to always turn off the lights when we leave a room. But most of these well meaning tips are missing the point. The fact is that you waste the most energy in your home through heating, with cooling being a close second. Air conditioning units can be high energy users, but there are ways to use them less and still keep yourself cool and comfortable.
Energy Saver: Extend Your Season
First things first: Try to hold off the summer heat longer before it bothers you so much that you turn on the air conditioner. Opening windows and using fans can do a lot for keeping a home cool, and every day you do that instead of turning on your central air unit, you save more money. Do not let the ease of turning a switch to “on” deter you from this simple task. Take the minute or two you may need to open and close windows as needed and go to bed smiling, knowing you beat the heat, and the bill collector, one more day.
Energy Saving Tips: Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans are superb at accomplishing what we really want – to feel cool. They blow the warm air away from our bodies, letting us feel cooler than we would than if the fans were off and the warm air was left to surround us. When we feel cool we can stand the rising temperatures a little longer and avoid turning on the large central air unit.
Not only do fans use a lot less power than a central air unit, they also have the benefit of being area specific, so you only need to run them in the room that you are occupying. Ceiling fans also spin in both directions. You want to be sure the air actually blows on you. If you are standing under it and do not feel the breeze, turn the fan back off, locate the switch to change the direction the fan spins and turn the fan back on.