6 Easy Energy Saving Tips for Warm Weather
Summer is the time of year for leisure, cookouts, and vacations. However, it’s also a time for hot weather and potentially high energy bills.
When the weather is too hot to handle but you don’t want to run the air conditioning non-stop for the next several months, there are ways that you can keep more money in your wallet this season.
Tip #1: Keep Your Home 10 Degrees Cooler with Ceiling Fans
According to the National Resources Defense Council, simply running your ceiling fan can make your home feel 10 degrees cooler. Not only will fans provide relief from the summer heat, but they will also make a significant impact on your utility bills. The NRDC also states that ceiling fans consume only 10% of the energy of a central air system.
Tip #2: Turn up the Thermostat
But it’s hot! Why would you want to turn up the thermostat when you’re trying to stay cool?
We’re not suggesting that you take your thermostat from 70 degrees to 80 degrees. However, turning it up even a degree or two can save you some money. According to Green Home Guide, for every degree you turn up on your thermostat, you can save between 1%-3% on your energy bills.
Tip #3: Use Heat-Generating Appliances at Night
To keep your home cool during the day, consider using appliances at night that generate heat. This means try drying your clothes and running the dishwasher in the evening. Allowing your dishes to air dry (instead of heat drying in the dishwasher) can help keep the home cool.
You may also want to try cooking out on the grill or planning meals that don’t involve using the oven during hot days.
Tip #4: Keep the Curtains Closed
Natural sunlight has many benefits, but during the summer it can make your home feel uncomfortable. Keeping the curtains closed during the daytime can help your home stay significantly cooler, and consider shutting the blinds to capture the cool air inside.
Tip #5: Replace Your Air Filter
If you’re running your air conditioning a lot during the summer months, it pays to replace your air filter.
According to the Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative, replacing the air filter can save as much as 15% on your energy bills. It’s recommended to swap out your air filter every 90 days, but those with pets or allergies will benefit from a new filter every 30 days.
Tip #6: Increase the Efficiency of Your Home
If running your AC on full-blast is a month, it helps if your home is energy efficient. If your windows are old or drafty, you might be losing as much as 25% of the home’s energy. Window replacement can help get your energy bills under control and even increase the value of your home.
Universal Windows Direct helps local homeowners save more energy all throughout the year. Learn how our windows, roofing, and other exterior products can help reduce your utility bills.