How to Save Energy and Keep your House Cool this Summer
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Published by TOP4 Team
Having a problem on how to save energy for your home and keeping it cool for this summer? Here are some tips that might help you solve that.
Keep Shades Closed when the Air Conditioner is On
Sunny windows account for up to 40 percent of unwanted heat and can make your air conditioner work two to three times harder.
Used cold water to wash dishes and clothes
This will save on water heating costs. Schedule a wash for early morning or late evening to prevent adding more heat and humidity to your home. If used during the day, appliances produce additional heat causing your air conditioner to work harder.
Raise your Thermostat to 78 degrees
If you're away from home for more than eight hours, raise the thermostat setting and you can expect to save up to 3% savings on cooling costs for each degree set back. This is the number one way to conserve energy in your home.
Turn lights off when exiting a room
They add to the heat in the home. Consider replacing incandescent bulbs with energy efficient LED lighting. Remember to recycle whenever possible.
Unplug equipment or appliances not in use.
Televisions, Electric chargers, and audio/video equipment use electricity and produce heat even when they are not in use. Running and older refrigerator can use up to 3x the energy of a modern one.
Use weather-strip and caulk
Apply around doors and windows to rid your house of drafts and prevent leaking of heated and cooled air.
Install low-flow showerhead and faucets.
They're inexpensive, easy to install and reduce energy and hot water use.
Install ceiling fans and make sure they are blowing down.
Moving air over the body provides a cooling effect and can mean savings of around 25% on cooling costs and can make the temperature seem 10 degrees cooler.
Check and clean filters.
Cleaning and changing air conditioning filters monthly allows the system to run more efficiently. Clear attic vents. If the home has an attic fan, make sure it's functioning properly.
If you still need help in saving energy in your home, consult Frys Energywise today.