Summer Energy Saving Tips For Your Virginia Beach VA Home

July 2012 was the hottest July in recorded history, accompanied by heat, humidity, and high electric bills. Depending on your location, the size of your home, and utility costs in your area, summer often brings the highest monthly bills of the year. The good news, however, is that there are some easy tips to help keep you cool in your Virginia Beach VA home and save a little money at the same time.

Reduce the heat inside your Virginia Beach VA home:

  • Use a microwave oven, slow cooker, or barbecue grill rather than your oven.
  • Put lids on pans to hold the heat in while cooking.
  • Do “wet” chores (washing clothes or dishes, mopping floors, watering indoor plants, etc.)in the early morning or at night when it’s cooler. This will help to keep humidity down.
  • Lower your shades and close your curtains to keep the sun out.
  • Seal windows and doors efficiently to keep the cold air inside and the hot air outside.
  • Install efficient lighting that runs cooler. Only about 10%–15% of the electricity that incandescent lights consume results in light—the rest is turned into heat

Lower energy usage:

  • Most hot water heaters have thermostats that may be set to 140 degrees for hot water. This usually isn’t necessary–turn the thermostat down to 120 or 115.
  • Take a short shower, say about 5 minutes, and you’ll only be using one third of the amount of hot water than you would with a bath.
  • Don’t use the drying function in your dishwasher. Let the dishes air-dry.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes. Dry your clothes on hangars or outside your Virginia Beach VA home.
  • Turn off computers, printers, copiers, and home electronics when they are not in use. Surge protectors that allow you to plug several items into one strip with an on/off switch make this even easier.
  • Turn thermostats to78 degrees when at home; 85 degrees when away.
  • Use fans to circulate cool air.
  • Close any central air registers in empty and/or unused rooms.
  • Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F)
  • Keep lots of food in your refrigerator to keep it from warming up too fast when the door is open.

Now you have no excuse for not implementing at least a few tips for staying cool and saving money on your utility bills this summer.  For more helpful hints, visit MyTwoDollars,, and the Department of Energy.

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