Now that the weather is beginning to warm up, it’s time to start thinking about ways to save on energy costs this Summer.
1. Get Your HVAC System Ready
First, you’ll want to clean or change the air filters as dirty or clogged filters force your AC system to work harder. Second, inspect your outdoor unit for any visible signs of damage such as warped panels, torn insulation, or rust.
2. Clean Air Filters and Vents
Many homeowners make the mistake of closing off vents in rooms that are not being used. Closing vents causes more pressure in the ducts causing your AC to work much harder. Before you turn the AC on this Summer, open all the vents and give them a nice cleaning.
3. Keep Blinds Closed
Keeping your blinds closed during the day can drastically reduce the heat in your home. Keeping them open causes a greenhouse like effect—sunlight and heat pour in all day and can’t get out, making your home much warmer and causing your AC to work over-time.
4. Lower Your Utility Rates
Shop around for the lowest energy rates. If you haven’t researched your options in a while, Summer is the perfect time to reevaluate your current energy provider. Many deregulated energy providers offer special promotions in the Summer.
5. Time Your Thermostat
A lower temperature setting at night and a higher setting during the day is recommended for optimal cost savings. If you’re forgetful, install a programmable thermostat that allows you to schedule your temperature changes even when you are not home.
6. Switch to LED Bulbs
While incandescent light bulbs are cheap, they use more energy and produce quite a bit of heat compared to LED bulbs. LED bulbs tend to be a little more expensive than incandescent lights, but they last longer, produce less heat, and create great energy savings in the long run.
7. Buy a Water Cistern
If you don’t know, a water cistern is a device that captures rain water and stores it for you to use to water your garden or lawn, to wash your car, etc. This will help to keep your water bill from getting out of hand this Summer.
8. Use Your Ceiling Fan
In the warmer months, you should run your ceiling fans counter-clockwise. Since heat rises, the counter-clockwise motion will help pull the cold air up toward the ceiling. Running your ceiling fans is a great way to help cool your rooms.
9. Invest in Smart Power Strips
Connecting multiple appliances to a smart power strip that can be turned off with only one flip of a switch at night, when the devices aren’t being used, is a quick & easy way to help reduce energy waste. Saving energy suddenly becomes much easier!
10. Don’t Use an Irrigation Schedule
Irrigation schedules or timers that you can set to schedule when your garden or lawn will be watered sound nice in theory, but they actually produce quite a bit of water waste. You can’t control when it rains, and you may not be home to stop your irrigation system from going off. Watering manually may seem like a chore, but think about all the money you can save.
Be proactive and implement these tips, they will help you save big on your utility bills this Summer!
Source: Rob Caiello, Vice President of Marketing, at Allconnect.
Author:Lauren Luli Phone: 330-417-7853 Dated: June 5th 2017 Views: 54 About Lauren: ...
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