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Fight Energy Bill Shock This Summer

Posted On: August 20, 2019

Does your summer always feature this familiar refrain: Why is my energy bill so high? Bill shock in the summer months is real, but there are ways to keep your costs down and savings start with you. Plan the proper approach to turning your home into a cost-effective temple of cool, so you can survive the heat without wilting your wallet.

Avoid Bill Shock

Be Aware
By reading this, you’re already more prepared than most. But awareness is only the first step. Notice how your actions, big and small, can have an effect on your usage. Are there habits that may be using more energy than necessary? Could your showers be shorter (or maybe even colder)? It’s important to do an audit of your energy consumption to build awareness of your usage patterns.

Be Proactive
Don’t wait until bill shock to enact a lifestyle change, start now and see the payoff later! Here are a few summer changes to consider:

It’s the perfect time of year for a barbecue. Take advantage of the great outdoors and fire up your grill instead of heating up your home by using the oven or stove.
Why pay to heat wet clothes inside? If you have the space for it, hang up a clothesline and let Mother Nature do the chore for you.
Ceiling fans are great at cooling down a room, but when it’s empty, there’s no one to cool off. Use your fans only when rooms have people in them and use your thermostat less.
• You may have heard of Phantom of the Opera, but do you know about phantom drain? Household gadgets that you leave plugged in still use energy regardless of whether or not you’re actively using them, so unplug and save. 

Conveniently, Stream has already compiled a handy list of ways to save on your energy bill this summer. If that wasn’t enough, you can browse our blog for even more ways to save!

Be Vigilant
You wouldn’t eat one salad and expect to drop down to your goal weight. Saving on energy is essentially the same thing; it takes persistence. And just like your other goals, be as vigilant in your day-to-day life when it comes to your energy consumption. Stay open to the possibility of integrating new energy-efficient options. 

Remember, savings start with you!