Reduce Your Home’s Summer Energy Use By Taking These Steps
The temperature isn’t the only thing going up this summer. Your electric bill follows suit as energy consumption increases during the hot summer months. Don’t let the heat hurt your budget. Follow these six tips to reduce your home’s summer energy use this year and have more money in your budget to have fun with.
1. Request an Audit
Most energy companies offer energy audits to their customers. It costs them more money when they have to use other provider’s resources to meet the excess energy demand consumers create during the summer months. An audit examines your energy use and helps you find ways to cut down and start saving on your monthly bill.
2. Change Companies
Electricity is a utility you need and delivery comes from your local company, but if the utility is de-regulated you might be able to switch companies to one more favorable to your wallet. Sit down with your bill and look at how much you’re paying for each kilowatt hour. You might find a better deal than what you’re paying but read the terms carefully for hidden fees or charges before signing a contract.
3. Increase the Thermostat
It’s tempting to crank your air conditioning unit or central air when it’s unbearably hot outside, but try to keep your thermostat set at a higher temperature. Increasing the temperature by three degrees can reduce your home’s energy use by up to 20 percent.
4. Utilize Ceiling Fans
Many homes have ceiling fans in the living room, dining room, kitchen, and bedrooms. They help circulate the air without the high electricity costs. Ceiling fans can cool efficiently when run in the counter-clockwise direction in the summer to bring the cooler air up.
5. Change your Habits
This might be one of the harder things you’ll need to do to reduce your home’s summer energy use. Using the dryer makes it hotter inside and cooking on the stove does the same. Hang your clothes outside on a line if possible, and go for meals that don’t require extensive cooking when it’s hot. Invite a few friends or family members over and have a barbecue to keep the heat outside where it belongs.
Wash your clothes in cold water and, if you have a dishwasher, let the dishes air dry instead of wasting electricity drying them. Always run both appliances only when you have a full load to cut down on the number of cycles you need to do. You’ll reduce your home’s summer energy use and save money on laundry and dish detergent.
6. Open Doors and Windows at Appropriate Times
Keep doors and windows open while the temperature outside is lower than the indoor temperature. Close them during the warm parts of the day and re-open them at night when it cools down. Follow the same rule for your curtains. Keeping them open when it’s sunny outside makes your house warmer and makes your air conditioning work harder.
With costs constantly on the rise, it pays to use every method possible to reduce your home’s summer energy use. Small changes go a long way to save on your energy bill during the summer.
Cowan Inspections Group offers home inspections that include free thermal imaging. An infrared camera is used to detect airtightness issues and lacking insulation, all of which detract from the energy efficiency of the house. Contact us to book your inspection.