It is undeniable. Because of climate change, the weather we experience all year round are on the extremes. When it snows, it snows hard. When it rains, it won’t stop. When it’s hot, it’s super hot. When it’s cold, it’s extremely cold. If you are old enough to remember how it was in the 90’s and earlier, or even in the early to the mid 2000’s, the weather wasn’t as bad as this.
During the summer season in particular, the weather is so extreme that you just can’t go through an entire day and night without the air-conditioner running. And while the air-conditioner is on, you consume energy. When you receive your electricity bill, you will be surprised how much you’d have to spend to pay it and you pretty much have no choice.
No worries though as there are many ways to conserve energy during the summer season. Energy conversation is not only good so you can save money. Conserving energy can also be your own little way to save Mother Earth and fight climate change. If we don’t begin now, the future generation will suffer. As mentioned, the weather a few years or decades back is far from what we are experiencing today. If we don’t do anything about it, then our kids and their kids will have even more difficult times.
With that being said, here are some energy conversation tips that you can try out to help stave off the heat of the summer without spiking up your electricity bill.
1. Share one room with your family – Instead of turning on several air-conditioning units in every room in your home, why not share one room with the whole family instead? During the day, turn on the air-con in the living room only. At night, share just one bedroom so that only one air-conditioning unit is open.
2. Install a programmable thermostat – A thermostat is not only used to measure temperature in the room, this can also be used to adjust the temperature in the room. Some thermostats can monitor the actual temperature and adjust when needed for energy-saving features. For example, if the room is already cold enough, the air-conditioner is slowed down or turned off at a particular time. It can also be used, if you like, as a timer on when the air-conditioner must be switched on and off automatically.
3. Find other ways to cool down – Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your body’s temperature down. Install a swimming pool in your backyard. You can also place small wet towels in a plastic bag inside the freezer and when it becomes really cold or even icy, use it to cool down your body or your face. Take a bath several times through the day.
4. Lessen the use of other electronic items – When the air-conditioner is running, energy is already consumed. Instead of watching TV all day, playing video games or browsing on your computer, pick up a book instead or play board games with your family. By lessening other energy-consuming activities, then you can still save when it comes to your electric bill.