The summer months are highly anticipated for the warmer weather, long summer nights, and enjoying the outdoors. Homeowners, however, don’t look forward to the higher energy bills that come along with it. Summer months means running your air conditioner more frequently and constantly using fans to make a breeze, which all add to the higher energy bill. So before you decide how low you want to set your thermostat on those dog days of summer, take a look at these tips that will help you save energy, money, and stay cool.
- Be Efficient when using the Air Conditioning: Set your thermostat to 78°F when you are at home and bump it up to 85°F if you are at work or gone for more than 5 hours. Using the programmable function on your thermostat to automatically change the temperature will save you time from doing it manually. It ensures you don’t forget to change the temperature and let your air conditioning pump cold air to an empty house. Turning on ceiling fans when you’re home to help circulate air and make a higher AC setting more bearable. Just be sure to turn them off when you’re not in the room, so you’re not wasting more energy.
- Alternate Cooking Methods: Using your oven or stove top to cook with creates more heat inside of your house and makes your AC unit work harder and longer to keep your home cool. Use the microwave if possible but, its summer and you should enjoy the nice weather and fire up the grill to cook your food. By grilling you are not only conserving energy use in your air conditioning unit but also the energy that would be used to cook with the oven or stove top.
- Unplug Unused Electronics: Take a second and think about all the devices you have plugged into your house. It’s a lot, right? All of these devices use energy so it can add up quickly. So it seems like a no brainer to unplug unused electronics, but only a few percentage of people unplug household appliance’s when not using them. Unplugging them may seem tedious and annoying but it can help reduce the amount of electricity used per month by 10% if done correctly. A way to save time from going around every outlet is to use power strips and simply use the power switch to turn off all the items at once.
- Have Your Air Conditioning Unit Serviced: To guarantee that your air conditioning unit is working properly be sure to have a maintenance worker inspect your unit every year. You also should change your air conditioner filters regularly based on manufacturer specifications. At DiscountFilters we recommend changing your filter every 3-6 months, at the minimum. It varies depending on if you have pets, heavy use of your HVAC system, and the climate you live in. Using dirty air filters cause your HVAC system to work harder to pump air into your home and therefore uses more energy.
- Go Outside: The summer months shouldn’t be spent locked up inside your house. The weather makes fora great reason to go out and enjoy the outdoors. Spending more time outside your home you will use your air conditioning, water, and other electrical appliances less. Cutting down on your energy usage and saving you money in the end.
The summer months should be time to relax and enjoy yourself. You shouldn’t be worrying about your energy usage and bills. So take these 5 helpful, easy to do tips and you will be on your way to energy and cost savings this summer and many more to come!