The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, spring is here, and our home energy woes are at an end, right? Wrong. While our worries about the price of heating oil might be quelled for the next few months, it does not necessarily mean that our utility bills (or wallets, for that matter) are going to see any reprieve from the rising costs of energy, especially when the cost of home cooling alone is often enough to negate any potential energy savings. Luckily, however, there are plenty of ways you can enjoy your summer while saving energy!
Now that the ice and snow of winter have gone, why waste daylight sitting in a car when you could walk, bike, jog, or rollerblade to your destinations? Since most car trips take place within a few miles of your home, using an alternative source of transportation can help you save money by cutting down on your fuel consumption, helping to reduce your carbon emissions, while also allowing you to get your days exercise.
Cool Down Naturally
During the dog days of summer, there’s no doubt that air conditioning can be nice, but does it really need to be running 24/7? Try using your a/c only during the hottest part of the day, and be sure to keep your doors and windows closed so that none of your newly refrigerated air escapes and when temperatures drop at night open your windows to allow the cool night air to help your home reach a comfortable temperature. If a/c is a necessity, make sure you purchase a model appropriate for the square footage of the room or house your plan on cooling and with a high energy efficiency rating.
Having a lush, green lawn can certainly dress up any yard, but do you really need to water you grass every day? In order to conserve resources, try to water your lawn only when necessary, and try to avoid using sprinklers, which are easy to set up and forget about. Instead, water your lawn using a hose with an efficient spray nozzle, or use collected in rain barrels during those summer storms. Additionally, washing your car on your lawn can be a great way to get both a clean vehicle and a healthy lawn while cutting down on your water consumption. Simply park your car on the piece of lawn you wish to water, wash it using environmentally friendly and biodegradable products, and move it to your driveway to dry. Your car, lawn, and water bill with thank you.