Easy Summer Energy-Saving Tips
It’s not uncommon to experience higher energy costs in the summer. The air conditioner is working in overdrive to keep your home cool. Kids home for the summer are watching tv and playing video games for longer periods of time. You may even find that people are coming and going from your home all-day, every-day – letting hot air in and cool air out.
Luckily with a few simple considerations, you can cut down on your energy usage and save big on your utility bills.
Check out our 10 summer energy-saving tips below:
1. Replace Your Air Conditioner Filter
You should replace your air conditioner filter every 3 months, more often if you have pets or someone in your household with allergies or asthma. A dirty filter can block airflow, causing your HVAC system to work harder and use more energy.
2. Air Conditioning Tune-Up
Like most things, HVAC systems that are well cared for will experience fewer problems, will last longer and run more efficiently. Routine maintenance services will help keep your utility bills in check and your system running at peak performance.
3. Change Direction of Airflow on Ceiling Fans
Did you know that simply changing the blade rotation on your ceiling fans can save you up to 40% on your energy expenses? In the summer, ceiling fans should rotate counterclockwise to push cool air downward, creating a wind chill effect. In the winter, a clockwise fan direction at a low speed will pull cool air up, and push warm air toward the floor.
4. Open Windows
On days with moderate temperatures, turn off the A/C and open the windows. Opening windows can create a cross breeze and have a natural cooling effect.
5. Thermal-Backed Drapes
Windows are almost always the leading source for heat loss / gain in a home. Thermal-backed or insulated drapes allow you to let natural light in while keeping heat the out.
6. Install Smart Thermostat
Today’s smart thermostats come with sensors and geofencing technology, that enables the thermostat to know whether your home or away and automatically adjusts the temperature settings for maximum savings.
7. Check for Air Leaks
Check your windows and doors for cracks. Using a low-cost caulk to seal any openings keeps warm air out. If you have an unfinished basement or crawlspace, you can check for air leaks by looking for spider webs. If there’s a web, there’s a draft!
8. Dust Off Electronics, Vents and Light Bulbs
Dust prevents electronics and appliances from running efficiently. Make sure as a part of your spring cleaning that you dust off all light bulbs, office equipment and electronics. Also make sure to clean your air vents to prevent any air obstruction.
9. Vacuum Refrigerator Coil
Dust that builds up on your refrigerator coil can force the fridge to work harder and less efficiently to keep cool.
10. Cook Outside
When summer temperatures are hot and humid, save energy by cooking outdoors. Also consider using your dishwasher or clothes dryer after the sun sets, to minimize any extra heat produced from your appliances.