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Don’t sweat It! 10 easy ways to save energy this summer

Jun 30

Summer is a great time to take advantage of the nice weather and save energy. Give each of these tips a try during the month of July, and let us know which is your favorite way to save energy this summer!

 

Image of clothes hanging on a line.

Photo by Bruce Guenter

 

  1. Take a load…outside! Hang a load of clothes outside to dry by the power of the sun and skip a load in the dryer to save energy.
  2. Catch some shade. Skip the air conditioning for an afternoon and enjoy the shade at a nearby park. Or think about planting some trees or shrubs this fall that can cut down on glare next summer and beyond.
  3. Become a fan of ceiling fans. Be sure you only use it while you’re in the room, and that you’ve got it spinning the “cool” way (usually counter-clockwise).
  4. Pitch in during peak and save some bucks by enrolling in your utility’s demand response program, such as Pepco’s Energy Wise Rewards or BG&E’s PeakRewards, or reduce your air conditioning use for short periods of time during the evening.
  5. Don’t lose your cool by maintaining your air conditioner, heat pump, or other cooling system through regular maintenance.

 

Image of a ceiling fan

Photo by Roni Loren

 

Give your home an energy vacation when you’re traveling. Vacation is a great time to reap some energy savings because you’re not home!

   6. Turn down your water heater from 140 to 120 degrees.

   7. Set your thermostat to 85 degrees.

   8. Turn off fans since they only cool you when you’re there.

   9. Unplug electronics and avoid paying for standby power.

 10. Close the shades and turn off the lights to keep your place cool while you’re gone.

Visit the DEP website for more tips on saving energy at home, or explore other energy saving projects you can start on today!

If you have questions about these or other ways to save energy, don’t hesitate to reach out to Michelle, your resident energy geek, at 240-777-7749 or email her at michelle.vigen@montgomerycountymd.gov.

 

 

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