After our long winter, which seems like a lifetime away, we are thankful to see the mercury has climbed into the mid-20s or higher and has stayed there for a while.
Then again, just like cold temperatures, summer heat can also affect how you use electricity. Here are five simple things you can do help keep your usage down:
- Close blinds and curtains on south and west facing windows to help limit the sun’s ability to heat up your house.
- Wash your clothes in cold water when possible – as much as 30 per cent of a washing machine’s energy usage goes towards heating the water.
- Hot, dry days are perfect for hanging clothes to dry outside. Set up a clothesline or a drying rack and you’ll almost eliminate the need to use the dryer.
- If you do need to use the dryer, throw a large dry towel in with your wet clothes. The towel will absorb some of the moisture and help cut drying time.
- Barbecue more. Maybe the best tip of all, but stoves and ovens are major sources of heat, so here’s another excuse to fire up the grill this summer.