Use cold water for laundry, whenever you can. When you heat up water, you consume much more energy as opposed to using colder water. Most good quality laundry detergents work just as well in cold water. Also, be as energy efficient as possible by only washing full loads of clothing.
To save energy costs, use a dehumidifier. Humid air will feel warmer! Instead of putting on the air conditioner, which can use more energy and be much more expensive, run a dehumidifier for a period of time first. You may be able to avoid the air conditioner for a while longer than you may have thought. Keep covers on your windows when not in your home. This will keep the house cool and reduce energy costs. Pay particular attention to covering the windows on the south side of your house. They typically admit the most sun. When possible, however, cover all of your windows with special shades like roller shades, roman shades or dark, thick curtains.
Keeping your windows shaded to keep sunlight out of the house will greatly conserve energy. Additionally, curtains and blinds can enhance the energy-saving effect you achieve. Doing these things will let you use less air conditioning in the summer. You can save money and energy throughout the summer. Prioritize your efforts to go green by moving light usage to the top of your list. Don’t turn on any of your lights before it gets dark, especially during months where you get a lot of sunlight. You can also install dimmer switches, timers and sensors to help with energy savings.