We are always looking for ways to conserve energy and save money on our monthly utility bills. Here are some simple energy savings tips that can help keep some of your hard-earned cash in your wallet this summer.
10. Avoid placing lamps, TVs, or hot electronics near your air-conditioning thermostat. Doing so can make the unit think it is warmer than it actually is because it is sensing the heat from the appliance. This in turn causes the AC to run longer than is actually necessary.
9. 10% of home energy costs can be attributed to lighting. Switching over to fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) can save up to 75% on these energy costs. Plus these bulbs last longer.
8. Adjusting your thermostat to 78°F instead of 72°F can save between 6 and 18% on your monthly AC bill. While at home during the summer wear cooler clothing while at home to help out.
7. Strategically placed landscaping is great for your home’s aesthetics, but also helps block direct sunlight. Using landscaping to absorb the sun’s rays can save up to $250 annually on cooling costs.
6. Make sure that your ducts aren’t letting your climate controlled air escape. Unsealed duct systems can cause a household to lose up to 20% of its heated and cooled air.
6. On average, households lose about 20 percent of their heated and cooled air through the unsealed locations. To avoid wasting energy, have your ducts inspected to ensure they’re sealed properly and insulated if necessary. You might also consider getting a Low E glaze on your windows. A Low E glaze can, according to professional Stamford roofers, “minimize energy loss by as much as 30 percent.”
5. When using your air conditioning, know that a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat approximately 4°F without a reduction in comfort. Just remember to turn it off when you exit the room. Fans assist in cooling people, not cooling rooms.
4. Set the temperature of your water heater down a notch to a warm setting of 120°F. If your household is on a more regular schedule we suggest trying out a water heater timer.
3. During the summer months avoid using the oven. Instead cook with the microwave, toaster, or counter-top grill.
2. Turn off your computer and monitor when you aren’t using them. The easiest is to shut it down before you go to bed so you aren’t wasting all that electricity while you sleep.
1. Smart thermostats can save the average home up to $150 per year on energy costs. They learn your schedule and adapt to your needs. Efficiency at its finest.