You’ve likely noticed the changes all around you. Kids are joyous for another long break from school, the temperatures are rising, and the days appear longer than before. Spring has come and gone and summer is finally here. As we say goodbye to another spring, we’re faced with new challenges to our energy usage. The summer months can take a toll on your energy bill if you are not careful, but you shouldn’t worry. Virginia Energy Sense has your back and we’ve compiled a list of energy saving tips to help reduce energy consumption in your home this summer.

-Seal cracks and openings to prevent warm air from leaking into your home.

-On mild days, open windows for natural ventilation and turn the air conditioning off.

-If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort.

-Conduct an energy audit to identify energy waste at home and learn how you can reduce your energy consumption based off your unique habits.

-Set the temperature in your home with a programmable thermostat to ensure energy is not wasted when you’re away.

-Switch out incandescent lightbulbs with LEDs. Only about 10% to 15% of the electricity that incandescent lights consume results in light—the rest is turned into heat.

-Regularly change your AC’s air filter to ensure good air flow throughout your house.

-Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F) to reduce energy use.

-Large ovens produce significant heat so cook using microwaves, crock pots and toaster ovens.

-Take advantage of daylight instead of artificial lighting, but avoid direct sunlight.

-Older appliances are not as efficient as newer models, so consider swapping them with ENERGY STAR equipment to increase your home’s overall energy efficiency.

-Turn off lights, computers, and other equipment when they’re not in use and overnight. Leaving them on, or plugged in when not in use, leads to higher electric bills.

The summer may be hot, but don’t let that stifle your energy savings. Preparing your home will lead to a more comfortable living situation for you and your family, and cut down on your energy bill as a bonus.

Lesson Plans
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Get your students energized about responsible energy use! In partnership with the Virginia Department of Education, we’ve created fun, multi-day, Lesson plans to help you teach your students how to understand and conserve energy! They’re classroom-ready and free to use!