Keeping your home comfortable can be pricey when you’re trying to beat the sweltering heat. We’ve got 5 ways to save money on summer energy bills while keeping you from getting overheated this summer.
1. Change your air filters.
We say this so often that you’re probably tired of hearing it, but – change your air filters! It really is one of the simplest ways to assist your HVAC system’s performance so that it runs efficiently, thus saving your money.
2. The shade is your HVAC unit’s friend.
You aren’t the only one who enjoys cooling off in the shade. Your HVAC unit does too! Keeping your system in a shaded area can cut energy consumption by as temperatures rise. Is your air conditioning unit exposed to the sun? Plat a few hedges or bushes nearby that will cast shadows onto the unit.
3. Invest in a programmable thermostat.
Programmable thermostats allow you to control your HVAC unit even when you’re not there, which cuts down on energy costs. You can set the thermostat to adjust the temperature in your home around your schedule; warmer when you’re at work, cooler when you are home. For each degree above 72F, you’ll save 120 lbs of CO2. Wow!
4. Turn on your ceiling fans.
Did you know that if you turn on your ceiling fans, you can raise the thermostat setting by 4 degrees (F) with no reduction in comfort? Amazing! One caveat: fans are designed to cool people, not rooms, by creating a wind chill effect. Turn off fans when leaving a room to avoid wasting energy.
5. There is no such thing as ‘quick cooling’ your home.
You come in from a scorching hot day and want to cool off quick. Don’t set your thermostat to a super low temperature! It won’t cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and increased cooling expenses. Lay by or underneath a fan instead to cool off quickly.