9 Easy Tips for Slashing Your Summer Energy Costs
There are nine easy ways you can save on summer energy costs without spending too much.
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If you want to cut down on your summer energy costs, here are 9 easy tips to follow:
1. Place plastic wrap over your drafty windows (or replace those windows if that’s within your budget). You can also re-insulate your attic.
2. Close the blinds. This sounds really simple, but closing the blinds prevents any extra sunlight from filtering in and heating up your home.
3. Clean out the air filter in your AC unit and let it air-dry before reinstalling it. This is an easy way to keep the air flowing.
4. Change the thermostat. Adjust the temperature for when you’re home and when you’re away. Many newer homes feature a thermostat that allows you to adjust the temperature based on the time of day. It doesn’t need to be as cold at home when you’re not there.
5. Unplug anything connected to your outlets that isn’t being used. Leaving unused items plugged in releases heat into the room.
6. Don’t use your oven as much. Instead of using it to prepare a meal, try using the stovetop, microwave, or outside grill.
7. Turn down your water heater. Turning down your water heater from—say—130 degrees to 115 degrees can save you $50 per year. This can also lessen the amount of heat and energy your home produces while you’re not there.
8. Tune up your AC unit. This is a great way to make sure your AC unit is running at maximum efficiency. If it’s not, you’re spending a lot of unnecessary time, money, and energy trying to keep your house cool, and that’s just silly.
9. Upgrade your appliances and/or light bulbs. Switching out your current light bulbs for more energy-efficient ones and upgrading your appliances will save a ton of energy.
If you have any questions about upgrading the items in your home or you’re thinking about buying or selling a home in our market, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We’d love to help.