July 8, 2019
Use these quick tips to lower your energy use this summer and spend less on summer utility bills!
- Book an A/C Tune-Up
Scheduling a yearly tune-up for your central or ductless mini-split air conditioning system can help you significantly lower your cooling bills. Regular maintenance from an HVAC specialist will help boost your energy savings and avoid unexpected breakdowns.
- Run Dishwasher and Laundry Loads Wisely
The more dishes and clothes that you fill in these appliances, the less water is needed to complete a wash cycle. Plus, you can save even more by washing your clothes on the cold cycle.
- Switch up Your Meal Plan
Preparing cold meals, like salads and sandwiches, can help you save even more on energy. You’ll spend less on the utility cost of running your electric or propane stove.
- Go High Efficiency
HVAC technology is more efficient than ever before. Upgrading your heating or cooling equipment to newer high-efficiency models can help reduce your annual energy costs by 10%. Not to mention, higher-efficiency HVAC systems will improve your home’s comfort.
- Program Your Thermostat
Do you have a Wi-Fi programmable thermostat in your home? If not, get one immediately! You can set it to automatically lower your air conditioner or heating system during times you are out of the house or asleep.
- Get Grilling
A fun and healthy way to prepare meals for your family is to break out the barbecue! Cooking on your outdoor grill helps you skip the oven (and the extra heat it puts off) and enjoy the weather.
- Unplug from Phantom Power
“Phantom power” is the electricity appliances use when they are shut off, but still plugged in to their power source. Unplug appliances when they aren’t being used, or use a power strip.
- Use Your Curtains
Keep window treatments closed during the hottest parts of the day to prevent the sun from raising your home’s indoor temperature. That way, your A/C won’t have to work overtime to keep you cool.
- Seal Drafts and Leaks
Check common drafty areas, like doors and windows, for potential air leaks. Seal with weather stripping or caulking to prevent precious cool air from escaping your house!
- Lose the Comforter
Sleep with a sheet or light blanket instead of your heavy-duty comforter. That way, you won’t have to turn the A/C up so high to get a good night’s sleep.