As the summertime approaches, we all look forward to vacations, fun outdoor activities, and gatherings with family and friends. Unfortunately along with all the fun, comes the summer heat and expensive electric bills. Thankfully, you can do a lot of things to make sure you keep those bills down so that you can focus on what matters.
1. Ditch the A/C and use Fans
Did you know that fans use about 1.6% of the amount of energy that an A/C uses? Ceiling fans go a long way in substituting the A/C for a much more cost-effective way to cool your home. You can save up to 40% on electricity by just switching over to ceiling fans.
2. Check on your A/C
To reduce your energy usage, we recommend making sure your A/C is working as efficiently as possible. At times, you could be spending between 5-15% more on your monthly energy bill by neglecting a plugged A/C unit. This will not only save you money immediately, but it will also increase your A/C unit’s lifespan which will save you money on replacements in the future.
3. Pay attention to your thermostat
Be more attentive to your thermostat in the summers! Set your thermostat to a point where you are comfortable enough to go about your day, and then add a degree to it. According to The U.S. Department of Energy: You can save up to 10% on annual heating and cooling costs by just adjusting your thermostat back 7°-10°F from its normal setting for only eight hours a day.
4. Disconnect your devices from outlets
When leaving the house, you should unplug your devices from any outlets. Even if the devices aren't being used, they will still draw out power. This is called “phantom” electricity and will still contribute to your monthly energy costs.
5. Get some fresh air
Summer is for outings with family and friends. Don’t waste it staying indoors all day! Think of all the memories you will make and all the money you will save going out. When you’re outdoors you won't be using lights, A/C, or water heating systems or appliances, saving you tons of energy.
6. Use nature to your advantage
It may seem like a small thing, but sufficient shade can make all the difference. Think of when you’ve been out in the scorching heat and you finally find some relief under a leafy tree. Now picture your house under the cool shade on the hot summer days. Planting trees and bushes around your house and even over your cooling unit can increase its efficiency by 10%.
7. Use less hot water
Water heating can amount to 18% of all energy used in the home between laundry and hot showers. Using less hot water will help you save on your monthly bills. By maximizing your loads, you can use water and energy more efficiently. Also, consider using only cold water to wash and air drying your clothing.
8. Avoid using electricity during “peak” hours
Do your best to stay conscious of what hour of the day that you’re using electricity. Energy companies will charge more depending on the hour. “Peak” hours are the times of day when the power demand is at its highest. Try to limit your energy usage to early in the morning or late in the night when overall usage is the lowest. By doing this you can lower your energy bill. On very hot days, it would be beneficial to use appliances and complete chores that require electricity after 6 p.m.
9. Make sure your doors and vents are closed
Simply closing doors and vents in unoccupied rooms can help your A/C work more efficiently. If you avoid using energy to cool rooms that nobody is using, you can stay comfortable and use less energy.
10. Regulate your home’s temperature with windows and blinds
Depending on the climate you live in, you may be able to open the windows at night to cool your home instead of using the A/C. On the other hand, keeping the blinds closed can do a lot to keep out the heat.
Tru-Line is Here to Help
As your local electricians at Tru-Line Electric, we care about our community and we want you all to be able to enjoy this summer as much as you can. We know times have been tough recently and that’s why we strive to do our best to not only provide unparalleled customer service to our customers but also educate them on what they can do differently to make life a little easier.
If you want to know more about implementing some of these tips to help you manage your energy this summer, give us a call or book your next appointment here! We specialize in ceiling fan installations and repair and we’re ready to help at a moment’s notice. Remember, You’re Fine With Tru-Line!