How to Keep Your Energy Bills Down in the Summer
Summer is right around the corner in Pennsylvania, and as the heat starts to go up so do your energy bills. Are you tired of paying high energy costs to keep yourself cool during the summer? We have good news! We are going to share with you some tips and tricks on how to keep the costs of your energy bills down this summer. Let’s see how we can save.
Cover Your Windows
The sun streams through your windows and raises the temperature of your home in the process. Employ drapes and blinds to cut down on the amount of sun entering your home especially when you are not there. If you can keep the sun out of your house, your air conditioning unit will not have to work as hard to keep your house cool and this will save you in energy costs. You’ll be surprised how much you can save by pulling down the blinds on those windows that get a lot of sunlight.
Use It When You Need It
Sleeping in the heat is hard for most people. This is a great time to cool down the house, specifically your room. However, during the day when no one is home, or while you are just hanging out before or after dinner, turn your air conditioner off or set the thermostat up to a higher temperature. There is no reason to keep the house nice and cold if no one is there, and while you’re awake and just hanging out at home, you could probably set your thermostat higher between 77 and 80 degrees. Keeping your thermostat up or off will keep your energy bills down. Be smart about when you decide to use your air conditioner to its full strength.
Trust the Fan
The average ceiling fan can drop a room’s temperature by four degrees. If you have ceiling fans, use them. They use a lot less energy than your air conditioner, and if you keep your fans on, you can set your thermostat four degrees hotter and let the fan make up the difference. Your energy bills will be a lot less at the end of the month because you keep your thermostat at a higher temperature.
Clean and Maintain
Routine maintenance and regular cleaning of your air conditioner, ducts, and filters can have major energy saving consequences. The dirtier your air conditioning filter is, the harder your system has to work and the more money you will spend on energy bills. Keeping your ducts and filters clean of buildup not only ensures cleaner air in your home, but it also means you are more efficiently using energy. Routine maintenance visits from certified air conditioning experts can also ensure that your system is running at its most efficient. You’d be surprised how much strain simple wear and tear can put on an air conditioner, and how much money can be saved by making simple repairs.
Look for Energy Star Appliances
When choosing an air conditioner for your home, look for Energy Star rated products. These air conditioning systems have been put through rigorous tests to ensure their efficiency. The amount of money you could save by switching to an Energy Star rated system is hard to calculate, but the potential savings are huge. If you are in the market for a new air conditioner, ask your certified expert about installing an Energy Star rated system in your home!