Start Saving on Bills in the Summer
Simple and inexpensive actions can help homeowners save energy and money during the warm spring and summer months. Please see our tips below and feel more comfortable while saving money this summer.
In this article, you’ll find easy strategies to help you save energy during the spring and summer when the weather is warm and you are attempting to keep your home cool. Some of the homeowner tips below are FREE and can be used on a daily basis to increase your savings; others are simple and inexpensive actions you can take to ensure maximum savings through the spring and summer seasons.
USE YOUR WINDOWS TO GAIN COOL AIR AND KEEP OUT HEAT
- When you live in a climate like ours where it cools off at night, especially in the Springtime into early Summer, you can turn off your cooling system and open your windows while sleeping. When you wake in the morning, shut the windows and blinds to capture the cool air.
- Install window coverings to prevent heat gain through your windows.
OPERATE YOUR THERMOSTAT EFFICIENTLY
Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling costs will be.
Keep your house warmer than normal when you are away, and lower the thermostat setting to 78°F (26°C) only when you are at home and need cooling. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature.
Avoid setting your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and unnecessary expense. It can also lead to excessive humidity in the home.
USE FANS AND VENTILATION TO COOL YOUR HOME
- If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort.
- Make sure the fan direction is PULLING AIR UP towards the ceiling as cooler air normally wants to sink and you want it to rise better filling the room with an even temperature.
- Turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room. Remember that fans cool people, not rooms, by creating a wind chill effect.
- When you shower or take a bath, use the bathroom fan to remove the heat and humidity from your home. Your laundry room might also benefit from spot ventilation. Make sure bathroom and kitchen fans are vented to the outside (not just to the attic).
KEEP YOUR COOLING SYSTEM RUNNING EFFICIENTLY
- Schedule regular annual maintenance for your cooling equipment. This is where the cooling experts at ServiceMark Heating Cooling & Plumbing can help! They can perform a 21-point professional A/C system Tune Up that will help save energy and reduce costly monthly utility bills, prolong the life of the cooling system, reduce unwanted expensive repair service and satisfy manufacturer warranty requirements.
- Avoid placing lamps or TV sets near your room air-conditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
- Vacuum registers regularly to remove any dust buildup. Ensure that furniture and other objects are not blocking the airflow through your registers.
DON’T HEAT YOUR HOME WITH APPLIANCES AND LIGHTING
- On hot days, avoid using the oven; cook on the stove, use a microwave oven, or grill outside.
- Install efficient lighting that runs cooler. Only about 10% to 15% of the electricity that incandescent lights consume results in light—the rest is turned into heat.
- Take advantage of daylight instead of artificial lighting, but avoid direct sunlight.
- Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes. Consider air drying both dishes and clothing.
- Take short showers instead of baths.
- Minimize activities that generate a lot of heat, such as running a computer, burning open flames, running a dishwasher, and using hot devices such as curling irons or hair dryers. Even stereos and televisions will add some heat to your home.
KEEP HOT AIR FROM LEAKING INTO YOUR HOME
- Seal cracks and openings to prevent warm air from leaking into your home.
- Add caulk or weather-stripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows.
- Make sure the attic insulation is adequate as this barrier helps prevent super-heated air in the attic from radiating down towards the living space
LOWER YOUR WATER HEATING COSTS
Water heating accounts for about 18% of the energy consumed in your home.
- Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F). You’ll not only save energy; you’ll avoid scalding your hands.
- Take shorter showers and use water restricting shower heads
If you, the consumer, follow these easy common-sense tips, you will see a difference in not only your home’s indoor comfort but a lower monthly electric bill as well! Your local cooling and heating experts at ServiceMark will stand by to not only schedule and provide that recommended Annual Air Conditioning Service, but answer any questions on the recommendations and suggestions we have put forth!
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Thank you to the US Department of Energy for their input in creating this article.