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Summer is all about spending time with family and friends, and in doing so you probably spend more money eating out, doing family activities, and just having fun!  So this summer while you are having the time of your lives, there are easy ways for you to save some money and energy in your home.  Here is a short list of little things you can do to make a big difference, so you can spend more time with the people you love!

First take shorter showers, seems simple, but maybe it’s not.  You’re a creature of habit, you have a set list of everything you need to get done, and if you’re not sure how you can cut down on time, and not really sure you want to there’s another way.  Thank goodness! You can lower the temperature of your water heater, so instead of taking steaming hot showers you can take luke-warm showers, which saves energy!  According to an article on energy.gov for every 10 degree F reduction you can save anywhere from $12-$30 annually.

Added Bonus: Hot water dries out your skin, and no one wants that.

Next, raise your thermostat.  We, at Standard Solar, offer programmable thermostats with our smart home solution. You can also use a ceiling fan which will move the air around, thus cooling the room.  You can also place fans around your house.  A well placed fan can do wonders for the home!  But, if fans aren’t for you we get it.  In the Maryland/DC area summers can get pretty hot; and we crave air conditioning constantly.  So instead make sure you check your air filters, if they are clogged or dirty they’ll raise your energy consumption because dirt and dust hinder the flow of the air and reduce efficiency.

Appliance use can be very instrumental in saving energy this summer as well.  Did you know that you should only run your appliances that give off heat at night, when it’s cool outside?  So plan accordingly.  Also, you should have a lot of food in your fridge.  The more food you have the less your fridge has to work to remain cool when it is opened.  According to NBC cold things keep other things cold, and a well-stocked fridge can regulate temperature.  That one I really didn’t know!

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And finally, energy efficient window treatments are a good way to save energy; these include things like awnings, blinds, drapes, etc.  These “window treatments” can be adjusted to control the amount of light that is let in and they can also help with ventilation.  With regards to draperies, you should opt for medium colors and a white backing.  So for summer skip the pastels and the darker colors.  Think about your home for a second, when was the last time you completed an energy audit?  It may be a good idea to do that now.

We hope these tips helps you save some energy and money this summer.  Let’s make this summer the best summer!