Quick Summer Energy Tips

Real Estate Agent with Shahar Management


The average homeowner spends about $1900 a year on energy costs.  You can lower your energy bills and save the environment at the same time!

Here are some summer tips to trim your utility bills:

  • Set your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are home and 85 degrees when you are away
  • Do laundry efficiently by using the cold water setting
  • Replace air conditioner filters
  • Unplug electronic devices and chargers when not in use

Looking for even greater savings?  I can make recommendations for the right local professionals who can increase your home's energy efficiency through cost effective improvements.

Looking to change Energy Providers?  I can help with that too!

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Debbie Walsh, GRI, CNE, CHMS, REM | Office (845) 283-3036 |

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Comments (17)

Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Great advice.  I need to follow some of these tips.

Jun 13, 2013 01:59 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Debra, Every dollar we can save on energy costs can go toward something else in our budget and may even help save our resources and environment.

Jun 13, 2013 02:10 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Hi Debra.... I have to say that 78 degrees is very warm in the summer.... I like 70 or 71 at the highest.... you can't think in the heat!!! our office is 70 degrees all summer....

Jun 13, 2013 03:57 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Debra, these are great tips, but I am fighting a losing battle about trying to have all those electronics unplugged or shut off when not in use in our household!

Jun 13, 2013 04:32 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Deb I agree with Barbara 70 degrees  is as warm as I will set my AC I like to be cool in the summer ..Great tips


Jun 13, 2013 05:24 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Debbie good tips.  I was the air conditioner sparingly, and in the Winter we wear sweaters :)

Jun 13, 2013 07:14 AM
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Debbie, great tips.  Too many people neglect those AC filters and don't realize it makes a world lf difference.

78 is kind of warm but I can live with 75.  We actually use the AC sparingly and maintain the house at a comfortable temperature without using it much by opening the windows at night to let the cool breezes in.

Jun 14, 2013 08:52 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debra, great tips as many homeowners are looking to save on their energy bills!    Like George, keep the A/C to a minimum and wear sweaters in the winter.

Jun 14, 2013 10:21 AM
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy and evening Debra

Debra my AR friend, you sure have gave folks some helpful tips to help save!

Have a good one

Dale in New Hampshire

Jun 14, 2013 01:34 PM
Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
Our Family Wants To Help Your Family!
Great tips Debbie. We've been setting our AC higher to be more efficient but are guilty of leaving our equipment plugged in!
Jun 18, 2013 12:10 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good advice for all of us. Unplugging stuff that we are not using is something that many of us fail to do.

Jun 19, 2013 04:35 AM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Debra we all need some energy savings; and these tips will certainly help.

Jun 24, 2013 02:47 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Great tips....I think I'm following all of them.  Right now it's so darn hot in my house I wish I had central A/C....not sure if we are going to sweat it out or bite the bullet and buy an air conditioner.  Energy efficient will be the way to go if we do buy one.

Jun 25, 2013 04:57 AM
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Thanks everyone for your comments!  Wow I am surprised at everyone's thermostat settings.  I find that at 75 degrees I am freezing unless it is really hot outside.  I didn't pick the 78 degrees myself.  That is supposed to be the energy efficient number.   At 70 degrees I would be wearing a sweater - LOL

Jun 25, 2013 06:48 AM
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Debra - these are helpful tips. Summertime cooling puts extra stress on the bills and the owner.

Jun 26, 2013 09:41 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Debra, Those high summer bills really hurt the pocketbook. Good tips here and just to be conscious that we have some things under our control.

Jun 26, 2013 11:14 PM
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Toni & Deb - Summer bills can sometimes be just as bad as the winter bills!

Jun 27, 2013 05:11 AM