Easy Summertime DIY Energy Conservation, Money Saving Tips

Keeping cool, and saving money too, is a prime priority in the summer months. To speak to this, Tracy from Tesmer Remodeling is here to talk about easy ways to conserve energy in your home this year by putting some simple strategies into practice … 


illustration: Kate Bingaman-Burt

We are blessed to be able to utilize the energy around us as there are several sources of energy that make our living easier. Energy lights up our home every night, keeps us warm during cold winter, allows us to be entertained, and makes our living pleasant no matter what time of the day.

Now that the full heat of summer is upon us and your power bills are at their peak, here are some refresher tips to help you really maximize the use of your energy the rest of this sizzling summer.

Air Conditioning

  • Use a fan. Before you go to crank up the air conditioner, you should cool off by using fans. This is especially helpful in homes with high ceilings, large rooms or open floor plans, or for a second story.
  • Use natural climate controls. When it gets cooler at night, open the windows so you can cool the house naturally.
  • Control the sunlight. Close your blinds or shut curtains to block sun in rooms that are particularly susceptible to large amounts of sunlight during the day.  If there are rooms that don’t get much use, keep the blinds closed by default.  This will prevent unnecessary heating up of rooms that require the A/C to work harder to cool.


  • Turn of the lights. This should be a no-brainer, but it bears repeating as it is easily overlooked.  As your mother always told you, whenever you leave the room, make a habit of turning off the lights!
  • Unplug your appliances when not in use. Even when appliances are not switched on, they still consume a measurable amount of electricity.
  • Check your hot water heater.  Set the thermostat at 120°F or just below what is considered the “Normal” setting.  During the heat of the summer, you won’t even notice that slight dip in temperature.  If you haven’t already, add a blanket of insulation around the heater as well.


  • Watch your bathroom water usage.  Take quick and turn off the water while brushing your teeth or washing your face.
  • Minimize dishwasher use.  Avoid prewashing the dishes and run only full loads. For a bonus savings of electricity, you can also set the dishes to air dry rather than heat dry, which consumes extra electricity.
  • Time the watering of your lawn and gardens.  It’s always best to water in the coolest parts of the day for minimal evaporation.  If you have an automatic watering system, set it for during the night.  If you do so manually, water first thing when you get up or at the very end of the day.

Considering all the benefits we receive from energy, it would be extremely difficult to live without it. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t be more efficient with the way we use energy.


Thanks, Tracy!

Tracy Tesmer, founder of Tracy Tesmer Design • Build • Remodel • Repair, specializing in home additions in Gainesville, GA. Tracy has over 30 years experience in the construction industry and also hosts a weekly home improvement radio show on WDUN in North Georgia.

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