Soaring Temperatures & Soaring Energy Bills
7 Ways to Save This Season
Summer is in full swing, which means that many of us are enjoying longer days, plenty of barbeques, a lot of sunshine—and higher energy bills. During summer’s sizzling heat waves, you rely on your air conditioning system to keep your home cool and comfortable. At the same time, you don’t want to break into a sweat when you receive your energy bill. Fortunately, we have several simple, energy-saving tips that will prevent cooling costs from making you hot under the collar.
7 Energy-Saving Tips:
- Program your thermostat.
Each degree you dial below 78°F increases your energy consumption by 8%! So, match your thermostat to your schedule. Pre-program your settings so that the thermostat raises the temperature while you’re away or asleep, and kicks on the air conditioning when you’re at home or awake. Plus, with “smart” programmable thermostats, you can even control the temperature from your smartphone.
- Use ventilation.
Running a fan circulates the air in the room. So, using a fan along with your air conditioner can allow you to raise the thermostat roughly 4°F, with no reduction in comfort. Your options include ceiling fans, table fans, floor fans and wall-mounted fans. Of course, be sure to turn them off when you leave the room to save energy. For a more permanent solution, an HVAC professional can install a whole-house fan, which pulls warm air out of your living space, and exhausts it through the attic and roof.
- Use your appliances wisely.
Your appliances use a lot of energy and generate a large amount of heat. To save on cooling costs, try alternative options. For example, line dry your clothes when you can, cook outside whenever possible, and consider using the microwave instead of the oven. Microwave ovens use up to 70% less energy than a conventional oven. If there’s no other available option, try running your heat-producing appliances during the coolest parts of the day.
- Block the sun.
When the sun shines through your windows, it quickly warms the inside of your home. To combat solar heat gain, close blinds and curtains that face the sun. This method, which is frequently used to keep heat in during the winter months, can also effectively prevent the summer sun’s heat from warming up your home—while allowing the air conditioner to do what it does best.
- Tightly seal all windows and doors.
Make sure doors, windows, and nooks and crannies are shut and properly sealed. The less cool air that escapes your home, the less energy you’ll waste—and the more comfortable you’ll be.
- Use energy-efficient bulbs and fixtures.
It goes without saying that all lights, for energy-saving reasons, should be turned off before you leave a room. Even more, replace incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs, such as low-voltage LED options. These may cost more initially, but the energy savings and extended lifespan will well exceed the initial investment.
- Schedule a checkup on your AC unit.
When your air conditioner is running at peak performance, it uses less energy to cool your home. To ensure that your air conditioning unit is operating “Just Right,” schedule a tune-up with an HVAC professional. This will not only help you find money-saving opportunities, but it also will enable you to address any small problems (before they become major headaches).
To learn more about how you can save money and energy this summer, contact Tonna Mechanical.
- July 7, 2015
- By Patrick Murphy