During the summer, it can be difficult to save money. When the weather’s nice you’re far more inclined to want to eat dinner out on a restaurant’s patio, go on weekend trips, and spend money on outdoor activities. While this can be an expensive season, you can save money on your home energy costs. Below are four easy ways to save both energy and money.

Easy Ways To Reduce Your Energy Bills

There’s a lot you can do to reduce the cost of your energy bills, and a lot of the time they don’t take much effort. Consider using your microwave a few times a week instead of your stove. Believe it or not, but your microwave is far more efficient, requiring close to 70 percent less energy than a stove. Put your dishes in the dishwasher instead of washing them by hand. This will also save money, and is less work for you! Finally, keeping your fridge full makes it easier for the appliance to stay cool when the door is open; an emptier fridge will warm up much faster each time the door opens.

Do You Really Need Your Air Conditioner?

Turn off your air conditioner, especially when no one is home. Air conditioners can really drain your bank account, especially if your filter is old. Instead, add fans to your home. Fans let cool air in and let hot air out of your home, and can save up to 5 percent on your energy costs. Window shading can also work wonders; it’s cheap to put shading in and it can also help you save up to 5 percent.

If you cannot live without your air conditioner, clean or replace the filters. This will make your device more efficient, which will help you save money.

Save Money While Doing Laundry

You can save huge amounts of money simply by switching up your laundry routine. Wash your clothes in warm or cold water, and make sure you rinse them in cold water. Doing this can reduce your energy bill by up to 4 percent! Also, the summer is the perfect time to avoid the dryer. Hang dry your clothes outside, and let the warm summer breeze dry them. This can help you save an additional 5 percent.

Be Resourceful When It Comes To Your Appliances

During the summer, try to be resourceful with your appliances. Avoid running your dryer or oven during the peak hours, only run your dishwasher when it is completely full, and try to turn off appliances when they’re not being used. The great thing about this season is that you don’t necessarily need to use all the appliances you rely on during the winter months.

Saving money during the summer months doesn’t have to be difficult. While you might need to budget more carefully for that holiday or those weekend activities, saving money on your energy bills is far easier. There are lots of things you can do to reduce your energy costs, which will reduce your carbon footprint and keep your bank account full.