Baby, it's hot outside.
Most of us look forward to the end of cold, dreary days and welcome warm sunny weather. Unfortunately, with the soaring temperatures in Macon, Warner Robins, and Milledgeville come high energy costs. If you are one of the many homeowners who has resigned to spending more money and sweating it out for the rest of the summer, listen up. With just a few simple actions, you can lower your energy bills and keep cool...really.
Virtually every room in your home offers opportunities to save money. Let's start in the kitchen. The microwave is your culinary best friend - not only does this appliance cook foods quickly, according to the California Energy Commission, it also uses 2/3 less energy than your stove. Hate hand-washing dishes? Go ahead and use the dishwasher. Just skip the dry cycle. An added bonus - you'll use less water. Also, be sure to stock your fridge. A full refrigerator cools more consistently.
Moving on to the laundry room. When washing clothes, use the cold or warm cycle. Skip the dryer - line drying your laundry will reduce costs and keep your home cooler. Plus, your clothes will smell great!
Now a few ways to save throughout your whole house...Set your thermostat up to 85 while away and down to 78 when you are home. Switch on ceiling fans to help circulate cool air. Unplug electronics and turn off lights and appliances not in use.
Making a few small investments can yield big results. Be sure to replace air filters monthly; seal windows, doors and ducts; install a programmable thermostat; properly insulate your attic; and install awnings over porches and windows.
We at Coldwell Banker, SSK Realtors hope these tips will help you save money and greet summer with open arms. If you need assistance with finding a new home or rental in the Central Georgia area, be sure to contact us today.