Simple energy saving tips for summer savings
The heat is here! Have you made a plan for saving energy and money during the warm months ahead?
When the weather is warm and you’re trying to keep your home cool, there are a variety of ways to save energy and offset rising energy bills. The tips below are simple and inexpensive actions that ensure maximum savings and comfort. We hope you find them helpful…
Six summer energy saving tips
Block the sun
Close all the blinds and curtains during the day. This will keep your rooms from heating up and being hard to cool when you need to. Another tip to keep warm air from creeping inside is to add weather stripping to the doors and windows of your home.
When it’s hot outside, firing up your oven will make your air conditioning unit work harder. Make good use of your outdoor grill, microwave, and toaster oven to prepare food without generating extra heat.
The use of ceiling and standalone fans will help keep things cool.
If you use air conditioning, the use of ceiling and standalone fans allows you to raise the thermostat setting about four degrees without a reduction in comfort level. Just be sure to turn off the fans when you’re not in the room. They cool the people—not the room—with their wind chill effect.
Get your HVAC unit a tune-up
During a tune-up, your qualified HVAC technician will clean the system, perform preventative maintenance, and ensure adequate fluid levels to optimize energy efficiency and prevent sudden breakdowns.
As the homeowner, it’s important to clean and replace furnace filters monthly. You can read more about furnace filters here.
Keep hot air out
To keep hot air out and cool air in, it’s important to take the time to inspect your home for thermal weak spots. Air leaks and poor attic insulation are often the culprit, so be sure to seal all cracks and openings.
It’s also important to minimize activities that generate a lot of heat—like running a washing machine, dryer or dishwasher. Even computers, stereos, and televisions will add some heat to your home.
Optimize thermostat settings
Programming a warmer thermostat setting when you’re not home and a cooler setting when you are home will save you money. Set your thermostat at as high a temperature as comfortably possible. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.
If you haven’t upgraded to a smart thermostat, now’s the time to do it! A smart thermostat can be controlled by your phone from wherever you are. This makes it easy to warm things up when you’re not home and automatically start cooling your home before you return.
Many smart thermostats are capable of learning your heating and cooling habits, and can anticipate your home comfort needs—saving you money.
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