It’s that time of year again. As summer quickly approaches, it becomes the season of using a lot of power at home in trying to keep temperatures down. Many people know that they can do this cost-free by turning off lights and opening windows, but sometimes that isn’t enough for you to be comfortable. Reach a good compromise by managing your energy consumption with the following tips and you’ll save energy (and money) in no time.
Easy Ways to Save Energy at Home
As mentioned above, one of the best options for dropping summer costs is to utilize your windows for… their original purpose. If you can safely do so, open up the windows at night to let in a breeze rather than blast the A/C. The next day, if you then close the windows before it gets too hot and close the shades, you can keep some of that cool air around inside for a while to, again, save energy. Finally, think about how old your windows may be and consider new, more efficient glass, or even just updated coverings, to trap the cold and to keep the heat out.
One of the really money-saving areas is to keep an eye on your thermostat. Small differences in degrees will make big differences in your bill. Keep the temperature on the higher side while you aren’t around (or just turn off the A/C entirely) since it’s a huge drain to leave it running all that time just to ensure a cool home once you return. Many modern thermostats can pair with smart phones so that you can adjust the temperature from anywhere, giving you more flexibility and chances to make adjustments should you forget to do so before you leave the house.
A solid alternative to always running the air conditioner is to invest in ceiling or table fans. “If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort.” Something many people may not realize is that keeping a fan on won’t do much to change the feeling in a room itself, since their function is more to cool the people themselves. Therefore, leaving it running while you’re not in the area is basically wasted energy.
There are dozens of other ways to keep things cool in the summer and to avoid wasting energy. Keep a look out for the next half of the guide to keep your summer energy bill as low as possible without being uncomfortable. To learn more about how you can save energy and money in your own home during the hotter months, get in touch with Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling.
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