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Avoid Summertime Woes with These Energy Saving Tips

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With the heat of the season, plus the slow summer routine of everyone being home together more often, energy usage can skyrocket - and we all know what that means - utility bills that grow just as quickly. Avoid the stress and follow these tips to save energy and money this summer.

Wash with Cold Water & Avoid Heat Dry

Washing machines and dishwashers seem to never stop running throughout the summer months. Whether it's added dishes after family stops by or more towels to wash after a beach day, these appliances can often be in overdrive.

To save as much electricity as possible, wash your clothes using only cold water. Most of the energy expended by washers is derived through the water-heating process alone.

When it comes to your dishwasher, opt to skip the heat dry. Although that automation can certainly speed up the unloading process, often the dishes need just a quick blot and then you can save that extra energy.

Program Your Thermostat & Utilize Fans

Keep your utility bills lower by raising the temperature any time you are away from your home. Even for days when you don't leave your house, setting the thermostat to a slightly higher temperature during the hottest part of the day will keep your AC unit from working harder.

Another way to save on overall energy usage is to make use of ceiling fans. Fans are an efficient way to quickly cool the air and keep it circulating. Just be sure to turn them off if you are no longer in the room - they don't cool the air; they cool the people beneath them.

Skip the Oven and Opt for the Grill 

Kitchens are the heart of the home, but they also require the majority of the electricity in a home. Think about all the appliances you have plugged in at any given time - from the refrigerator to the coffee pot, everything uses energy when it is plugged in, even if it is not on and running.

Aside from just the sheer amount of electricity usage, ovens are an appliance that also radiate a lot of heat. On a hot summer day, the last thing your home needs is more heat. Prevent your home from working too hard to cool the air by opting to grill outside instead. Not only will your home stay cooler, you will save big on utility bills too.

As the summer continues, be sure to choose the David Gray Electrical crew to be there for you for emergency repairs, preventative maintenance and everything in between. To learn more about our services, call 904.724.7211.

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