The summer heat has arrived! Which means your electric bills will begin to soar just as high as the temperatures outside. Luckily, there are some very easy and affordable ways to reduce your summer electric bills. Look at the quick list below to see if there are any changes you can make in your home!
Air Conditioner Tune-Up
When’s the last time you’ve checked on your AC?
Have a technician stop by to clean and perform preventative maintenance on your system. This will prevent sudden breakdowns and optimize energy efficiency.
Not sure who to call? Reach out to us and we can refer someone to you!
Operate Your Thermostat Efficiently
Avoid setting your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home faster and could result in a higher electricity bill. Secondly, investing in a programmable thermostat can make it easier to keep your home cool without using maximum energy. This will allow you to increase the temperature of your home while you are away, but begin to cool when your family is home at the end of the day.
See Energy Star’s guideline for programmable thermostat here!
Use Heavy/Black-Out Drapes
Hanging a heavier drape or black-out curtain will help keep your home cool. The thicker fabric stops the glaring sun from seeping in! If buying new drapes for your whole home is not an expense you want to invest in, you can always opt to hang them in the areas of your home that get the most sun.
Lower Your Water Heater Temperature
Heating your water accounts for 18% of the energy consumed in your home. Consider lowering this temperature during the summer months.
Keep Your Vents Clear
For an air conditioning unit to work properly your vents must be clear from dust or blocked furniture. Check all of your vents to make sure they are open, free from dust and directing air towards the center of the designated room.
Upgrade to LED Light Bulbs
Your household lighting can be a common culprit for unwanted heat in your home. LED lighting is affordable and stays cool to the touch by drawing a fraction of the power as other bulbs do.
This is just a few quick tips to begin decreasing your summer electric bill. But there are several other steps you could take to increase the energy efficiency of your home. Check out this link if you are interested in learning more tips about how to heat and cool your home efficiently. If you are interested in learning how you could improve your home, reach out to us today!
We are here to help! Stay Cool!