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I can't believe this, but I wrote this to post this morning, and the power in our house went out about fifteen minutes ago . . . guess I really may need to put a few of these into action!
I don't know that I can ever remember seeing the temperature as hot as it's been this last week in Alabama. We visited family in Western Kentucky this weekend, and it was scorching hot there as well! But this morning I asked for a few tips on keeping electricity costs down with this crazy heat over on the PPP Facebook page (I'd love for you to join us there!), and got some fantastic suggestions. Here are a few ideas . . .
- Clean your air conditioning coils. For detailed instructions on this, go HERE, HERE or HERE.
- Change the regular temperature in your home to make it a few degrees warmer. You'll probably survive, and your electric bill will thank you for it!
- Turn off electronics that aren't in use. If you're not using your computer, printers, television, etc., go ahead and unplug them and save that energy! (Also, anything that's plugged in at home uses some small amount of electricity, so if you don't regularly use lamps, your toaster, or other things that require electricity, unplug them.)
- Use ceiling fans to help keep your house cooler.
- Run the dishwasher, washer, and dryer at night so that they don't warm your house during the heat of the day.
- If it cools off in your area at night, open the windows at night to cool the house down, then close before it gets hot again.
- Keep all interior lights off.
- Keep your blinds or curtains closed throughout the house to keep out any additional heat.
- Change your air conditioning filter frequently (as much as twice per month).
- Put aluminum foil or plastic on windows to keep the heat out and the cool in. (I've never heard of this one before and it probably looks a little silly, but if your home struggles to stay cool it might be worth trying!)
- Use your crock pot or grill to cook with instead of cooking in the oven. If you need some suggestions, here you go ~
Grilling or Slow Cooking Recipes to help reduce your electricity costs . . .
- Slow Cooked Creamy Italian Chicken
- Slow Cooked French Dip Sliders
- Perfect Slow Cooked Pot Roast
- Ranch House Slow Cooked Pork Chops
- Rotisserie Style Chicken
- Open Faced Sirloin Sandwich
- Slow Cooked Italian Beef
- Slow Cooked Chicken & Dumplings
- Slow Cooked Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
- Grilled Pantry Pork Chops
- Grilled Corn on the Cob
- Simple Marinated Garlic Chicken
- Bacon Double Cheese & Onion Stuffed Burgers
- Mushroom Smothered Burgers