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Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 12 and will last until Sunday, November 5. The onset of Daylight Saving Time is exciting for many, because it heralds the arrival of warmer weather. The bad news is that it can translate into higher power bills for people who will be turning on their air conditioning units to compensate for the sizzling days of summer.

Keep Utility Costs Low—Even in Summer

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Daylight Saving Time revs up the work load for power companies who need to stretch their resources to ensure steady power supply for their customers. In extreme cases, the extraordinarily high power demand could result in short falls in some areas. Users should resolve to go easy on power this summer, not only to save money but also to conserve energy for the greater good.

Lowering Energy Use

Cutting down on energy use during the hot days of summer is challenging but doable.Consider these options for cutting down on power costs:

  • Seal up the house – A lot of energy is lost when the cold air inside the house escapes outside through the cracks around the windows and doors. Sealing those cracks will keep the hot air out and the cold air in, resulting in savings on energy costs.
  • Use heat-generating appliances at night – Running your air conditioning to make the house comfortable during the day while baking cookies at the same time is a big energy waster. The heat generated by the oven will force the air conditioning system to work over time, causing your energy bill to spike.
  • Wash with cold water – You save electricity and gas when you wash your laundry in cooler water.
    • Use the crockpot – Minimizing the use of the oven can cut your power consumption significantly. Opt instead for the old-fashioned crockpot, which uses very little energy.
  • Air dry your clothes – If you hang your washed clothing outside, the warm days of summer will dry them quickly and keep you from having to use the dryer.
  • Unplug electronics – It’s an easy habit to leave televisions, computers, and chargers plugged in, even when we’re not using them. This can lead to a lot of wasted energy.
  • Replace light bulbs – Old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs should be replaced with compact fluorescent lights or LED lighting.
  • Regularly replace air filters – Dirty air filters restrict airflow, increasing energy consumption in the process. Replace them regularly.

Summer heat doesn’t have to drain your pocketbook. With a little resourcefulness, you can keep your energy use to a minimum and help your finances and the planet at the same time.