10 Tips to Surviving a Summer Heat Wave
Keep Cool This Summer, While Conserving Energy And Money
With the 4th of July right around the corner and record-breaking temperatures throughout the spring, you know we are in for a summer heat wave. It is time to break out the swimsuits, iced lemonade and turn on the AC. But, no one wants their energy costs to rise with the temperature. Here are ten great tips to keeping cool this summer, while conserving energy and your hard earned dollars.
- Set your thermostat to work around your schedule. When no one is home, set it to kick in a few degrees higher. You might save up to $200 doing this.
- Run your ceiling fans to create a breeze and keep air moving through the house. By simply raising your thermostat by two degrees and running your ceiling fans, you could save up to 15% on your energy bill. Remember to turn off the fan when you are not using the room.
- Close the curtains and shades during the day when the sun is at its brightest. This will dramatically reduce the energy spent on cooling your home. Invest in some room-darkening shades or curtains.
- Have your air-conditioning and HVAC system serviced each year to make sure it is running at its highest efficiency level.
- At least once a month, clean your HVAC filter by rinsing it with cold water. Be sure to replace the filter about every three months to ensure that your AC is running as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
- Use energy-efficient light bulbs instead of traditional incandescent ones; they actually produce less heat and will lower your overall energy costs as well.
- Many homes have leaks and poor connections throughout the ductwork, so check it out. Use a metal tape or mastic sealant to insulate any ducts you have access to. This will prevent the hot air from coming in and your cool air escaping.
- If you are in the market for a new AC unit, make sure you purchase one that bears the ‘Energy Star’ and is EPA-recommended. Just think about it; if everyone bought an energy-efficient air-conditioning unit, about 900 million pounds of greenhouse gas would be cut every year.
- How old is your AC unit? If it is over ten years old, you may want to start looking for an energy-efficient newer model. The overall cost of running it will be a lot less and you will also be saving energy.
- Is your attic insulated? Adding insulation to your attic will help to keep the cool air in and energy costs low.
Remember, just because it is getting hotter and hotter outside does not mean you have to sweat the energy bills. Keep these tips in mind this summer and you will not be spending as much as your neighbors. So, kick back, relax and jump in the pool, knowing your energy costs will be lower than you might have thought possible.
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