How to save energy and stay comfortable in warm weather.
Summer is one of the highest electricity usage periods of the year, but there are a few easy choices you can make to ensure your home is as energy efficient as possible.
Give your home an energy audit. Take a simple walk through your home to check for air leaks, poor insulation or anything that makes it harder to stay comfortable.
Conserve energy with these tips.
Approximately 60% – 70% of the electricity you use in the summer is just for cooling your home. Give your A/C a break with these energy-saving habits.
- Turn up your thermostat. For every degree below 78°F, you can expect about a 5% – 7% increase in your cooling costs.
- Check your air filter. A dirty filter slows down airflow and makes your system work harder to keep you more comfortable.
- Set your ceiling fans for summer. Make sure your fans are running counterclockwise to create a cooling downdraft.
- Remember the 4-by-4 rule. If you’re going to be away for more than four hours, set the thermostat 4° higher.
- Unplug your electronics. Stop vampire power from draining your wallet by putting your electronics on a power strip and unplugging when not in use.
- Embrace cooking outdoors. When you aren’t using your stove or oven to cook your meals, they aren’t heating up your home and causing your A/C to work overtime.