By JASON CRESS and SARA ELLIS | CoServ
We all want to be comfortable during the hot months, right? But if you have energy usage anxiety (sometimes known as energy bill anxiety), we can help!
Figuring out your energy usage and how that translates into the cost of your bill is incredibly valuable. Greater knowledge can lead to saving money and helping the environment!
You might be familiar with tried-and-true ways to save money and energy in the summer. Things like:
- Raise thermostat to 78 degrees or higher.
- Avoid using large appliances like ovens and washing machines during peak times.
- Close curtains and blinds in the afternoon to reduce cool air loss.
- Run your pool pump early in the morning or overnight and shut it off in the afternoon.
Solid advice, right? If you’re reading this, you’re probably a pro at this stuff. But here are two ways to save that you may not have heard before.
Summer Savings Advice No. 1:
Give yourself time to adjust to warmer weather.
Check this out: It can take up to 2 weeks for your body to get used to warmer climates. Research shows that our bodies adapt incredibly well to new environments including temperature changes. As the weather consistently hangs in the 90s and pushes 100 degrees here in North Texas, our bodies slowly but surely acclimate to the summer heat.
The process starts in the first few days you’re exposed to increased temperatures. Researchers found that as long as you’re exposed to the heat for at least an hour each day over the course of consecutive days, your body will adjust! It takes between 10-14 days to be completely acclimated to increased temperatures. Yes, that might be an uncomfortable few days, but you can do it!
This can help you get in the mindset that it might be uncomfortable for a week or two when summer comes, but over time, your body get used to it — saving you money because you’ll be using less energy. That will make your bank account happy, which will probably make you happy too.
Summer Savings Advice No. 2:
These little wind turbines can make the room feel 4 to 6 degrees cooler. Notice that word “feel” because fans are not literally cooling you down. The room temperature may actually be warmer than you think, but a fan still helps. Fans can help you stay comfortable with your thermostat at a higher temperature. For example, a room that’s 78 degrees with fans running could feel as comfortable as a room at 73 degrees with no fans running. Those 5 degrees can lead to noticeable savings on your energy bill.
The beauty of fans is that they blow heat away from your body, making it feel cooler. Moving air is technically not cooler, but the sensation of air moving over your body makes you feel cooler. It’s blowing heat away from your skin, allowing your body to cool easier.
Yes, fans use electricity, but compared to an HVAC unit, ceiling fans use 70 times less electricity. Less electricity used means lower energy bills. Isn’t that FAN-tastic?
We hope these tips help you stay comfortable and save money this summer!
If you want to see your detailed energy usage, check out the My Usage section in SmartHub. You can easily look up your daily electricity usage, broken down into 15-minute intervals. Our robust tools can help you zero in on how to save money by identifying the big energy users in your house. For example, the Energy Detector gives you energy saving suggestions based on your CoServ account data and specific home setup.