Saving money on cooling costs is no joke. Especially during the hottest days of summer! Do you hear me, month of July? You’re killin’ me, Smalls. You’re killin’ me!
I don’t know about you but I literally cringe when I open my power bill in the summer months. Two years ago, my family moved into a much larger home than the teeny, tiny 900 square foot rancher we had called ours for almost nine years.
With the bigger square footage came a much heftier electric bill. Oooooh boy, that first summer just about did us in!
But we were determined to figure out a way to lower the power bill so we could use our hard-earned money on things that actually mattered to us. Like, you know, memories. And vacation. Aaaaaaand Chipotle.
In an effort to lower our bill, we tried many different things. Cutting off the lights when we left a room. Making sure the TV was off if we weren’t watching it. Turning off computers at night instead of just putting them in sleep mode. Unplugging small appliances and cell phone chargers if they weren’t being used. Grilling out instead of using the hot oven.
We even started stretching how much hot water we used. We took shorter showers. And we started running the dishwasher every other day, instead of every night after dinner.
Don’t get me wrong. All of these changes done all at the same time made a collective difference. But we soon realized that there was one thing we did that saved us more than everything else combined. Big time.
Do you want to know the one little change that made the biggest difference in our energy bill?
We turned our thermostat up by two degrees. That’s it! Two teeny tiny, eensy weensy degrees.
In full disclosure, we did turn the fans on in our home to offset the higher temperature setting. At first, we thought running the fans all day errrrrry day would make our bill break even, and what is the point of that really. But we quickly learned that the amount we saved by bumping our thermostat down was more than worth it!
Being mindful about turning our A/C up two degrees, running all the fans instead, and making sure all the bedroom doors stayed open to increase the circulation of the cooler air saved us hundreds that summer!! HUNDREDS, you guys. In just a few months.
In some months, our bill was almost half of what it was at that point the previous year. Two degrees literally cut our power bill almost in half. How does that even happen?!?!
We were also mindful about lowering it when we knew we would be leaving the house for an extended amount of time as well.
I was actually shocked at how little my husband said about the change. At first I worried it would be way too warm for him and our little experiment would be pointless. But he honestly didn’t even notice the difference. If his hot-natured self can handle the degree change, then anyone can! Can I get an “amen, hallelujah?!”
Hopefully, this is something you would be willing to try to cut your cooling costs this summer. By turning your thermostat up one or two degrees, you will save hundreds in just a few months. Use ceiling fans to keep cool air circulating in your home. And watch the savings pile up.
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What is one way you have found to cut costs this summer? I would love to hear the tips that work for you.
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