Updated: Dec 5, 2022
Summertime is a season filled with A LOT of spending. From vacations, to BBQ’s, summer camps, and whatever else you can think of. Not only that, but your household utility spending goes up too, especially when it comes to the electricity bill. In the winter, my electricity bill is around $300 per month. But in the summer months, my bill is anywhere from $350-$450. So what causes this drastic increase? Well, according to Alliant Energy, this is due to a number of reasons including increased AC usage, children being home for the summer, and appliances constantly on to keep things cool. So how can you cut down on your electricity bill?
1. Unplug Unnecessary Appliances
Even if you are not using an appliance, leaving it plugged in draws current, which can increase your bill. Unplug appliances you are not using at the end of the day or before you leave your home. This will help you conserve your energy and your coins!
2. Keep the Shades Dim!
Sunlight is wonderful and I for one love it, but not what it does to my bill. When you open your windows, shades, or curtains, it allows more sunlight and heat into your home, which in turn makes your AC work twice as hard to cool down your home. So, try to keep the shades dim, especially during peak sunlight hours. Usually 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
3. Turn the AC Off When You Leave Your Home
I get it. You want to come home to your house being a cool 72 degrees. But that honestly runs up your bill. While you're at home, you should totally leave the AC on if that’s your thing, but if you’re leaving, especially for prolonged periods of time, turn it off to conserve energy. It might take a bit for your home to cool down when you get home, but it’s so worth it when you’re saving your pennies.
We hope this helps! How do you cut down on your bills in the summer? As always, let us know in the comments!