Summer is in full swing and cities across the country are experiencing record-high temperatures. And while it’s sizzling outside, that doesn’t mean your utility bills have to increase as the mercury rises. As our countdown to Energy Efficiency Day 2018 continues, here are 5 easy hacks to help you save energy and money while keeping cool this summer.

1. Start with your windows

Keep the sun’s heat out by closing your windows and pulling down the blinds or closing your curtains during the day. If you live in an area where the temperature cools off at sundown, turn off your cooling system at night and open your windows to let the evening air do the trick.

2. Use your fans wisely

Fans cool off people, not rooms, by creating a wind chill affect. Remember to turn off your fan when you leave the room in order to conserve energy. If you have a ceiling fan at home, make sure that the direction is running counterclockwise. This setting pulls cooler air from the ground and blows it back on you, making a room feel up to 10 degrees cooler.

3. Air dry your clothes

Instead of loading up your dryer, consider hanging your clothes to dry outside and let the sun’s natural heat do the work.

4. Cook outside

Your stove and oven can heat up your home when cooking–resulting in additional energy consumption needed to cool it down. Where possible and available, consider cooking and dining al fresco to keep the heat outside your home. It’s also a great opportunity to show off your grilling skills!  

5. Turn down the water heater

Lower the temperature on your water heater to 120°F. This will save energy and lower your utility bill.

Want to learn more ways you can save energy and money? Click on this link for additional summer energy saving tips.