10 Easy Summer Energy Saving Tips
It’s not uncommon to experience higher energy costs in the summer. The air conditioner is working in overdrive to keep your home cool. Kids home for the summer are watching tv and playing video games for longer periods of time. You may even find that people are coming and going from your home all-day, every-day – letting hot air in and cool air out. Luckily, our energy saving tips can help you cut down on your energy usage and save big on your utility bills.
- Air Conditioner Tune-Up – Like most things, HVAC systems that are well cared for will experience fewer problems, will last longer and run more efficiently. Routine air conditioner maintenance services will help keep your utility bills in check and your system running at peak performance.
- Replace the Air Filter in your Air Conditioner – For greatest energy savings, you should replace your air conditioner filter every 3 months. If you have pets or someone in your household has allergies or asthma, you may even consider replacing more often. A dirty filter can block airflow, causing your HVAC system to work harder and use more energy.
- Dust Off Electronics, Vents and Light Bulbs – Dust prevents electronics and appliances from running efficiently. Make sure as a part of your spring cleaning that you dust off all light bulbs, office equipment and electronics. Also make sure to clean your air vents to prevent any air obstruction.
- Change the Direction of Airflow of your Ceiling Fans – Did you know that changing the blade rotation on your ceiling fans can save you up to 40% on your energy expenses? In the summer, ceiling fans should rotate counterclockwise. This motion will push cool air downward, creating a wind chill effect. In the winter, a clockwise fan direction, at a low speed, will pull cool air up and push warm air toward the floor.
- Vacuum the Refrigerator Coil –Dust that builds up on your refrigerator coil can force the fridge to work harder and less efficiently to keep cool.
- Thermal-Backed Drapes – Windows are almost always the leading source for heat loss / gain in a home. Thermal-backed or insulated drapes allow you to let natural light in while keeping heat the out.
- Open Windows – On days with moderate temperatures, turn off the A/C and open the windows. Opening windows can create a cross breeze and have a natural cooling effect.
- Install a programmable or smart wi-fi thermostat – Utilize the scheduling and advanced programming features on your thermostat. These specialized settings will help you save up to 15% per year on heating & cooling costs.
- Cook Outside – When summer temperatures are hot and humid, save energy by cooking outdoors. Also consider using your dishwasher or clothes dryer after the sun sets. It will minimize any extra heat produced from your appliances.
- Check for Air Leaks –Check your windows and doors for cracks. Using a low-cost caulk to seal any openings keeps warm air out. If you have an unfinished basement or crawlspace, you can check for air leaks by looking for spider webs. If there’s a web, there’s a draft!
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