Novo-Solar-Systems-Summertime-Energy-tips May 15th, 2015

The best way to save energy this summer? Go outside! The days are getting longer, the sun is hot, and there’s no reason to be cooped up inside now that we’re heading into June. With summer knocking at our doorstep, saving a little more on your electricity bill can be a whole lot easier. These tips can help you save a little here and there which can make a big difference in the end:

Ditch your desktop

If you’re still using an old desktop, recycle or donate it. Let it go and switch to your laptop. Using your laptop will save you about $11 in energy use over a year. You can also save a little more if you ditch your laptop all together and, you know, just go outside.

Unplug your PVR if you’re not recording

All the prime time shows we watch go on hiatus during the summer, so should you and you’re PVR. If you don’t have any scheduled recordings, turn it off, especially if you’re going away for vacation. Keep this up for at least 2 months a year and you’ll be able to save about $4.

Take a break from the kitchen

Using the oven or stovetop in the summer will increase the heat in your house. Switch it up and use the barbecue. This will reduce the heat in your home and help you save on home cooling costs. If you don’t have a barbecue, use the microwave, toaster oven, or crock pot. They do the same thing and will help you save on your electricity bill for sure.

Turn off unnecessary lights

Let the sun shine in. Now that the sun is out longer, use it! Turning off two 100-watt incandescent bulbs for about two hours a day could save you about $12 over a year.

Go outside

Take a break from your house and all the electricity it can consume. The internet will still be there when you come back and so will everything else.

So take advantage of the great weather and get out there because before you know it, winter will be back!