We know that this summer has been extremely hot throughout the midwest especially for folks in Chicago. As a result of all the consecutive days near 90 degrees you are sure to see a rise in your energy bill as you strive to stay cool. There are many little things you can do which can help you save money and save energy. When we say little things we mean everyday examples of things that we may take for granted that actually do use a fair amount of energy.
One of the things we often neglect is the many items in our homes which are plugged in even though we are not using them. While our AC is running all day so is our computer, DVD player and video game consoles. Maybe the blender and toaster are still plugged in from the last time you used them. Because cooling our homes in summer and heating our homes in winter account for much of our energy cost it is important for people who would like to stay within a certain budget to look for ways to save energy and thus save money on their utility bills.
Because temperatures can change drastically from year to year it can be very helpful to practice take the little steps to save energy since you can’t anticipate what those costs will be. Not everyone has an energy efficient furnace or air conditioning system in their home so the more steps you take such as using a programmable thermostat can save you greater amounts of money over time.