Reducing energy costs in the summer is a must in our hot Texas temps, unless you want to spend all your dough on paying your electrical bill, rather than enjoying the summer sunshine. Zillow.com has some easy ways to save so you can spend your green on summer fun, not summer cooling.
First off, a dirty air conditioner filter can prevent your system from working properly by blocking air flow and reducing efficiency. By cleaning or replacing your filter, you can reduce your energy consumption by as much as fifteen percent. You should replace or clean your a/c filter, depending on what type it is, monthly during the summer. You may need to do it even more frequently if you have a usually dusty conditions or pets. Be sure to check with your landlord so you can make sure to use the proper type of filter for your system.
Using window coverings can also reduce your energy bill. By closing your blinds, you can reduce heat gain by as much as 45 percent. Keeping drapes and curtains closed also reduces heat gain, especially if they are made of certain types of fabric. Using medium-colored curtains with white plastic backings can push down heat gain by up to 33 percent.
Another huge energy waster is plugged-in devices that aren't currently being used. In fact, the EPA says that the average household wastes $100 a year on items that aren't being used simply because they're still plugged in. One of the biggest energy wasters is computers. By unplugging your computer when you aren't using it or by using a power strip that turns off power when it senses inactivity, you can save 2 to 3 percent.