When the hot summer months hit, we turn to AC as our refuge. However, there are other energy saving habits we can try first to avoid those skyrocketing summer electricity and cooling bills. At Nelson Comfort, we believe that cooling your home doesn’t need to break the bank. We are here to give you some energy saving tips and habits to adopt this summer in hopes of saving money on energy bills.
Our first tip may seem like common sense but can make a big difference. We suggest investing in ceiling fans. When you have ceiling fans on the right setting in your home, you can raise your thermostat up to 4 degrees without compromising your comfort. Having them set counterclockwise will create a windchill affect so that even when the thermostat is higher, you still feel just as cooled. Just remember that they aren’t meant to cool the space. All fans can do is cool the people in the space. To ensure these help you save, make sure they are turned off when no one is in the room. This small investment will pay off big in reducing energy costs.
Finding shade this summer is another important aspect to consider. Externally, shading your house properly and your ac unit can help lessen the impact of the hot sweltering rays. This makes it easier on your ac unit to help cool down your home. Internally, we recommend keeping the blinds and curtains closed. By doing so you essentially will keep your home cooler by obstructing those harsh sun rays from entering. Having proper shade inside your house makes rooms not as hard to cool and having tinted window film is yet another way to thwart the heat of the summer sun.
Thermostats and Their Settings – Great Energy Saving Tips
Our next energy saving tips involve your thermostat. First, you want to upgrade or make sure your thermostat is smart and energy efficient. These types of thermostats pay for themselves in the long run with how much they can save you on your energy bills. We recommend NEST thermostats. The type of thermostat you have is just as important as setting your thermostat. Setting your thermostat to 72 should be your base temperature for the summer months. After that, every degree you increase your thermostat, you will save 3% of your cooling expenses. By setting you thermostat the correct way and have the proper one, you can save money every year on your energy bills.
Avoiding Certain Appliances
Our last tip is usually something most homeowners don’t take into mind. We recommend getting away from using your stove-top and oven when possible. These appliances generate extra heat in the house. They can raise the temperature in your kitchen by up to 10 degrees. Avoiding these appliances, you can save on the energy they take up and save on the cost it would have taken to cool the kitchen back down. Instead try the microwave, grilling, or eating out. It may seem unlikely but steering clear of the kitchen can have an impact on your energy bills.
Whether it be inside your home or outside there are many habits to adopt this summer that can help reduce your energy costs and increase energy savings. Here at Nelson Comfort we care about our customers. Our trusted professionals are here to help give advice and here to provide any heating and cooling service you may need. Stay comfortable this summer with our energy saving tips and call us if you need anything.