From Lighting to Lawns: How Much Energy Could You Be Saving This Summer?

Summertime means green grass, time spent outdoors, and of course, air conditioning. It can also mean higher energy bills. Before you prep your budget for higher numbers, take a look at where you might be wasting energy – and how you can be a savvy saver all summer long with lighting and more.

Lighten Up    

Lighten Up

Summertime means evenings spent outdoors, and sometimes a little illumination is necessary. Consider switching out incandescent floodlights for more efficient outdoor lighting options, like LEDs, which can be up to 80% more efficient.

* http://www.lc-led.com/articles/ledlights.html

Stay Cool – Not Cold    

Stay Cool – Not Cold

Are you keeping your home too cool? Every degree you raise your thermostat can save up to 5% on the cost of cooling your home – the ideal temperature is between 75 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit.* Maintaining temperature is important, too. Turning the A/C down when you're out and turning it back up when you come home can make your air conditioner work harder than it would at a consistent temperature.

* http://www.horizonservicesinc.com/reference/tips-articles/101-ways-save-energy-money-home

Fans are Fan-tastic    

Fans are Fan-tastic

Tired of that A/C bill running through the roof? Using a ceiling fan instead of the air conditioning can save an average of $120 per month. Just make sure the light bulbs in the fixture are efficient, too. GE offers a range of energy-efficient bulbs, including CFLs and LEDs.

* http://budgeting.thenest.com/much-cost-run-air-conditioner-23306.html

Think Sun    

Think Sun

If you enjoy cooling off in the backyard pool, you can save between $60 and $90 per month by switching from an electric pool pump to a solar-powered pool pump.* That's an average of $225 over June, July and August.

* http://www.sunrayus.com