Wednesday, June 21, marks the first day of summer. Summer can quickly become an expensive season no matter where you spend your time. Being mindful of energy conservation can help reduce your electricity bills—and your carbon footprint. I wanted to take a moment to pass along the following suggestions to help increase your energy conservation efforts and beat the heat without breaking the bank.
* Cook dinner outside. Save electricity by using a charcoal or gas grill to cook your favorite summertime meals.
* Open the windows. Instead of cranking the air-conditioning on summer evenings, opt for fresh air instead. Invest in an inexpensive electric fan to circulate the air.
* Modify the AC when you’re not home. Adjusting the thermostat—even by a few degrees—when you’re not home can conserve a significant amount of electricity.
* Turn off the electronics. Power down the television and computer to spend time with friends and family outdoors. Splash around the community pool or have a potluck barbecue in your backyard.
* Take a walk. If possible, choose to walk. Early mornings and evenings are prime times for a stroll, especially in Arizona.
* Take a cool shower or bath. For a refreshing alternative to a hot shower, reduce your hot water heater usage by bathing in cooler water a few times a week.
* Limit water consumption. Use environmentally friendly, disposable plates and utensils instead of running the dishwasher. Spend a little less time in the shower.
If you are traveling near or far this summer, be safe and have fun!