1) Placing hot food inside the refrigerator will cause the appliance to run longer. Allow food to cool on a countertop for at least 30 minutes before storing in the refrigerator. To prevent food spoilage, never leave leftovers out for longer than 2 hours.
2) A half-filled freezer will run longer to cool down the empty space inside. To save energy, keep your freezer filled with frozen food products and bags of ice.
3) Use your microwave oven and crock-pot as often as you can. They use less energy and they do not heat up your kitchen in the Summer months, which means less work for your air conditioner. If you must use your regular oven or stovetop, prepare your meals in the morning or evening when it’s cooler.
4) Place blinds or thick curtains over all the windows in your home. In the Summer months, keep the window coverings closed between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., which is the hottest time of the day.
5) During the Summer months, set your air conditioner to 75 degrees when you’re home. Turn the thermostat up to 80 degrees if you’re going to be away from home for several hours.
6) Don’t place electrical appliances near your thermostat. The heat that radiates from the appliances will cause your thermostat to turn on and make your air conditioner run longer than necessary.
7) Turn off the overhead lights when you’re leaving a room. Use energy saving 60 watt florescent light bulbs throughout the house. They may be more expensive, but they have a longer life span than regular light bulbs and they do save energy.
8) To use less water during bathing, take a shower instead of a bath.
9) Water your lawn or garden in the morning or evening when the temperature is cooler outside. During the heat of the day, the moisture in the ground evaporates more quickly and will only result in a wasted effort.
10) Plant fast growing trees in your yard to provide shade in the Summertime, which will keep your house cooler inside.