Power bills increase in the summer due to the high cost of running the air conditioner. Here are a few ways to save energy in the summer. You’ll save money on cooling costs even during the hottest days of the year.
Smart Ways to Save Energy in the Summer
1. Raise the Temperature on the Thermostat
For every degree you raise your thermostat above 72º, you can save up to 3% of your cooling expenses. Set your thermostat a degree or two higher. Most people won’t notice a difference in comfort and you’ll save money this summer.
2. Use Fans
Pedestal, box, and ceiling fans are helpful in managing indoor temperatures. Use them throughout the house to create airflow and you’ll be able to set the thermostat a little higher. At night when the temperatures are cooler, open windows and use a fan to circulate the cooler air through the home.
3. Close the Curtains to Save Energy in the Summer
Sunlight through the windows will quickly warm a room and force your HVAC unit to work harder to cool the home. During the hottest part of the day, close the blinds or curtains to keep the heat out.
4. Use Energy-Saving Light Bulbs
Incandescent bulbs turn 90% of the energy they use into heat. Replacing them with cooler LED bulbs is an easy way to save energy in the summer.
5. Cook Outdoors
The oven and stove generate heat and warm the house. Whenever possible, prepare cool meals like sandwiches or salads, or cook outdoors on the grill. The microwave and slow-cooker or pressure-cooker are great options, too.
6. Maintain Your HVAC System to Save Energy
Schedule an HVAC tune-up once a year. It’s best to do so in early spring to make sure it’s in great shape before summer arrives. Regular maintenance will help your system work more efficiently and save money on your power bills.
7. Seal Air Leaks
Seal leaks around windows and doors to keep the hot air out and the cool air inside. Use a lit candle and move it around the frame. If you notice the flame flicker because of air currents, seal the area.
If it’s in your budget, replace the windows in your house if they are old and drafty. New energy-efficient windows will save you money in summer and winter.
8. Keep Vents Clear
If you have rugs or furniture blocking your air vents, move them so that all vents are clear and air can flow freely. Remove dust from the vent covers and use your vacuum to clean inside the vents. You’ll improve air quality and energy efficiency.