This summer's been quite a hot one, especially for Arkansas. If you're the kind of person that doesn't relish the idea of melting in your own home, you've most likely had the air conditioning cranked up for the past few months, which means your energy bill's been higher than you'd like it to be. Sadly, there isn't much you can do about the heat, but there are other ways that you can earn back that savings. Let's take a look:
The lawn is a point of pride in American culture. Having green, well-cut grass set around your house shows your neighbors that you care both about yourself and how you're reflected in the community. However, ensuring that your lawn is properly watered can be extremely difficult when you're competing with one of the hottest summers in American history.
This is why it's crucial that you water your lawn at the right time. A lot of people simply bring the hose out whenever they have the chance, and that usually occurs sometime in the late afternoon. The problem here is that doing so pretty much ensures that your grass won't be getting all the water you put down, as the sun is going to evaporate a lot of it. Water your grass when the temperature is low and the sun isn't beating down on your lawn, generally in the morning or late evening.
Steaming hot showers are great to wake up to when it's cold out, but the summer's heat demands a cool shower to get the day started right. Even if you do like a warm shower during the summer, you probably don't need your water heater turned up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. In fact, most people really only need their machine set to 120 degrees.
So why is this such a big deal? Well, having a water heater turned up to an extremely high temperature is going to result in two kinds of heat losses: consumption and reduced standby losses. The second is the most interesting here, as it denotes the amount of heat lost to the air surrounding the water heater.
Summer means extra laundry, especially when that Tennessee air gets a little muggy. This means your washing machine needs to be working at peak efficiency, and summer's as good a time as any to ensure your appliance is functioning properly. Make sure to check the hoses in the back for any leaks or punctures that could lead to additional water loss. On top of this, if you have a front loaded washing machine, take a look at the door to discover if it might pop open while cleaning a load.
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