There are a number of reasons that people should put effort into saving energy in summer. For starters, the cost of energy is very expensive, and though you may feel comfortable in an air conditioned home, your bank account may think otherwise. Furthermore, excessive energy use can contribute to serious problems ranging from power outages to climate change, which spare no one from their effects. Consider these energy saving tips when you’re looking to save money and decrease your carbon footprint.
5 Energy Saving Tips for the Summer
Avoid Expensive Hours
Energy costs more during peak hours, between 11AM and 5PM. As a result, you can save on energy costs by saving most of your energy consumption for the evening starting at 6PM. Fortunately for most this shouldn’t be too difficult, as these are a bulk of the hours that are spent at work or school.
Adjust Your Thermostat
On a related note, make sure to adjust your thermostat if you are not planning to make use of the room. For example, keep your thermostat at regular room temperature before you head out for the day, and turn it down to a comfortable temperature once you’re home. If you are forgetful use a programmable thermostat, which can automatically adjust your temperature down just before you arrive home to make sure that you are never uncomfortable.
Keep Your Air Conditioner Running Perfectly
Make sure that your air conditioner is running in top condition given minor issues such as excessive build-up of dirt and dust in the air filters can make it take longer to cool down the house than it should. Fortunately, you have a simple and straightforward solution to this problem in the form of arranging for air conditioner maintenance, which will take care of minor issues while also making sure that potentially serious problems are caught and corrected as soon as possible.
Remember Blinds or Curtains
A good set of window blinds or some other kind of window treatment can improve your home’s insulation, making it that much easier to cool during summer and heat during winter. This is because doors and windows have poor insulation, no matter how well they we’re sealed. Window finishing will repel heat brought in by the sun, and keep warm air from leaving in the winter.
Avoid Energy-Intensive Appliances
Consider using substitutes for energy-intensive appliances. For example, utilize the warm weather by hanging clothes on a clothesline instead of using a drier. Similarly, either use fans to supplement your air conditioner so that the cool air reaches more of the house faster.
Of course, these are just some of the energy saving tips that can be put to use. If you are interested in learning more, please do not hesitate to contact us with your heating and cooling questions.