27 Apr Summertime Energy Savings Techniques
Summer is just around the corner, which can mean cranking up the air-conditioning and continuously running the fans. You know that this is going to make your electricity bill skyrocket, but it doesn’t have to! Here are our top tips for summertime energy-saving techniques.
Seal It Up
The last thing that you want to do is try to cool the outside. During the hot summer months, make sure that your home is sealed up tight and insulated so that the cool air stays inside. Keep doors and windows shut and check the edges for any leaks; you can quickly seal off drafts using silicone caulk. The same goes for mail slots and pet doors; you can either buy a cover, cover them with towels, or DIY a solution!
Invest in Shades
While having the sunshine through the house is beautiful, it can significantly heat your home. Purchasing quality drapes or shades that block the majority of the sun during the day will keep your house cooler, costing you less energy.
Turn on the Fans
According to the Department of Energy, “If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort.” Ceiling fans don’t actually cool the room, just the people in it due to wind chill. Therefore, if no one is in the room, turn the fan off! Also, remember that they need to be going counterclockwise (opposite of winter).
Install a Smart Thermostat
There is no point in cooling a home when you aren’t there! By installing a smart thermostat, you can program it to stop running (or run less) when you head to work and to kick back on as you are heading home so that you arrive to a cool and comfortable house.
Switch to LED Lightbulbs
This is an all-year extended savings technique that you can implement this summer. If you haven’t already switched to LED lightbulbs, you need to! While the upfront cost is a bit expensive, LED bulbs last 40 times longer than an incandescent lightbulb and uses 1/6 the power! You will save thousands of dollars in electricity and light bulbs.
Avoid Large Appliances
Large appliances can drastically heat the home, which is why you should avoid using them during the day, if possible. Instead of turning on the oven for dinner, cook on the barbeque instead! As well, delay using your dishwasher and washing machine until later in the evening.
Get an Electrical Inspection
Regular electrical inspections should be a part of every homeowner’s yearly maintenance plan to ensure that your home is in tip-top shape. If you are looking to make more improvements on your home energy this summer, schedule an electrical inspection today. A professional electrician can advise you on steps you can take to make your home more energy-efficient this summer and for many summers to come.