As we enter March, the snow is still here, and air conditioning seems very far away. Despite appearances, winter really is coming soon. Soon sweaters will give way to shorts, and we will all be searching for new ways to use ice. You may not think that you should be watching your hydro bill in the summer, but your electricity use can sneak up on you. You should be using less electricity in the summer, but this is not always the case.

How we waste electricity during the summer

Showers

We tend to shower a lot more in the summer. It’s hot, we’re sweaty, and showers are a great way to cool down. Many people take more showers in the summer, sometimes showering as frequently as 3 or 4 times a day.

While the shower is enjoyable, what you may not realize is that shower use can affect your energy bill. The water that you use has to be heated to be used, and this can cause your energy bill to spike.

Outdoor Lighting

You can unintentionally cause your electricity bill to spike by using outdoor lighting, such as hanging Chinese lanterns. To save money on outdoor lighting, be conscious of Energy Star labeling. Energy Star certifies lighting that uses minimal electricity. Also look for alternatives such as motion triggered lighting and solar powered lights. This will ensure that you only use light when it is needed and that you are creating your own light whenever possible.

Keeping it Cool

Your house is going to be working hard to keep its cool, but you have to do your part. To prevent your air conditioning bill from costing you the price of your summer vacation, make sure that you use natural wind or air when possible, or seal everything shut to preserve the air temperature. Also be mindful of things like opening the fridge or freezer; time that would not affect the temperature in December will have a significant effect in July.

Remember, keeping your electricity bill low is equally important in the summer. Many people in Quebec have an equalized payment plan that spreads out hydro payments. What this means is that you are supposed to have a much lower bill in the summer. Call us today to find out how we can help you lower your electricity bill.