As a roofing company, we know firsthand about record-breaking heat in Texas. We also understand a thing or two about its result in the form of budget-breaking air conditioning bills. In these challenging economic times, we’re all concerned with saving money. And while we may not be able to do much about the cost of food or gasoline, when it comes to our power bills, there are small changes we can make in our own homes and businesses that can save us money each and every month.

When the Electric Bill Hits the Roof

  • During the peak of the summer heat (usually from about 3 p.m. until 7 p.m.), turn your air conditioner up by one or two degrees. Believe it or not, you can save over 15% on your monthly power bill just by making this one small adjustment.
  • If you have an electric water heater, turn it down by 10 degrees during the hottest months to save as much as 5% on your power bill.
  • When you’re not using them, be sure to turn off all appliances and lights to save extra money.
  • Consider using a clothesline instead of your clothes dryer—not only will you cut down on your energy bill, but your clothes will smell surprisingly fresh.
  • Cook outside on a grill as many evenings as you can in the summer. You’ll save on the energy it takes to run your stove or oven, and you won’t heat up your kitchen.

Just by making a few small adjustments, you can significantly cut down on your power bill — even during the hottest months of the year. If you’re already using these money saving techniques and want to take your energy conservation to the next level, then contact a roofer who can offer roofing options that can lower your bills even more.

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