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#tipsEnergy: How to Save Energy This Summer

June 19, 2013 - 4:02pm


#tipsEnergy: How to Save Energy This Summer

Every month we ask you to share your energy-saving tips, and we feature some of the best ideas in a Storify to encourage others to save energy and money at home. For this month's #tipsEnergy, we want to know how you plan to save energy during the summer.

Storified by Energy Department ·
Wed, Jun 19 2013 20:01:06

Across most of the U.S., the start of summer
brings sultry weather and the need to use air conditioning. But just because temperatures
are soaring, doesn’t mean your energy bills have to reach record highs. Whether
you’re enjoying the summer weather outside or from the comfort of your home, there
are plenty of simple ways to save energy and money around the house. This
month, we want to know your tips for cutting your energy bills during summer. 

Before you turn on the air conditioner, try cooling your
home with a fan as one Twitter user points out. In many parts of the country, well-placed fans
are enough to keep your home cool. If you live in a place that requires air
conditioning, using a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat
setting about 4 degrees without decreasing your comfort. 

But don’t forget to turn the fan off when you leave the
room.  Fans cool people -- not rooms -- by
creating a wind chill effect.

Before you turn on your air conditioner for summer, be sure
to check your air filters. Replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean
one can lower your air conditioner's energy consumption by 5-15 percent. Learn
more about maintaining
your air conditioner

Let sunlight in your home but keep warm air out with carefully
selected window treatments. Window awnings can reduce solar heat gain in the
summer by up to 65 percent on south-facing windows and 77 percent on
west-facing windows. Check out other energy-efficient
window treatments
and more tips for improving the energy efficiency of your

Did you know: the average shower uses 10 gallons of hot water.
As one Twitter user suggests, taking shorter showers is one no-cost way to save
energy. Another way to start saving money instantly on your water heating bill is
to lower
the temperature of your water heater

Don’t heat your home with kitchen
or electronics this summer. A few of our Twitter followers
shared tips that will allow you to take advantage of the warm weather and
reduce your energy bills.

Looking for longer-term ways to save energy all year long,
not just in the summer? Some state and local utility programs across the
country offer tax credits for energy efficiency improvements. Check out our Tax Credits & Rebates page to find
savings in your area.

For more ways to save energy and money at home, visit Energy Saver.