Summer Energy Savings Tips

The summer months bring higher temperatures and, unfortunately, higher electric bills. But staying cool doesn’t have to come with worry over your next energy bill.

Understanding how energy usage translates into cost is invaluable and can help you save money during the peak summer months.

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Put your fans to work

A ceiling fan can help make the room feel 4-6 degrees cooler. In the summer set it to spin counterclockwise and don’t forget to turn it off when you leave the room.

Use window coverings

Close your blinds and curtains to shield the interior of your home from direct sunlight. Adding thermal drapes or blackout curtains can make an even bigger difference.

Seal up any leaks

Check your home for leaks around vents or electrical conduits that go through the wall, ceiling, or floor. Blocking these drafts will help you in hot and cold weather.

Have your HVAC system serviced twice a year

Scheduling tune ups for your HVAC system every six months and changing out your air filter according to manufacturer recommendations will ensure it continues to operate efficiently.

Check insulation

Insulation helps slow down the transfer of heat to cold and when there isn’t enough it can allow heat in and increase your bill. Talk with a professional in your area to determine if your current insulation is adequate.

Adjust your thermostat when gone

We recommend that if you’re leaving your home for more than four hours, raise the temperature of your thermostat by 5-7 degrees.

Reduce the number of hours your pool pump runs

Reducing how long you run your pump can help save you money. Check with your pump manufacturer to determine the minimum number of hours your pump should run to clean efficiently and adjust from there.

Change to energy-efficient lighting

Replace incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs, especially in areas that are used more than several hours a day. Install timers and sensors for indoor and outdoor lights.