Energy Saving Tips For Summer
Tips to help you keep your home cool without raising costs too high, or using lots of energy.
- Keep your air conditioner setting as warm as possible. For every degree you increase the temperature, your air conditioner will use 1-3 percent less electricity.
- Install a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat takes that a step further by allowing you to set your temperature from your smart phone or tablet. Some even learn your habits and adjust accordingly – saving you even more.
- Use your bathroom fan. Feeling too humid? Your bathroom fan can help remove humidity from your house and keep you comfortable.
- Get grilling. Cooking outside is a great way to safely socialize with friends and keep heat outside of your home.
- Plant some trees. Shade landscaping positions trees and other vegetation so their shade falls on the house and provides protection from direct sunlight.
- Remember to change your filters. Remember to check your AC filter at the start of the season and change it out if needed. A clean filter will maximize your system’s output.
- Use a ceiling fan. A ceiling fan can help a room feel up to 10 degrees cooler and uses just 10 percent of the energy of a central air conditioner. Make sure your fan is set in the forward (counterclockwise) direction so that it will pull up the cooler air from the ground and circulate it around the room. Just remember to turn the fan off when you leave the room.
- Weatherize. Seal cracks and openings to prevent warm air from leaking into your home.
- Close your blinds in the daytime. Southern- and western-facing walls take the brunt of the sun’s heat, so invest in good drapes or shades for the windows on these walls and keep them closed.