Summer is here in Arizona, and temperatures will begin to soar. Knowing how to keep your home comfortable while still saving money on your utility bill is important. Fortunately, you can follow a few tips that can make a big difference in helping you save money while keeping your home cool and comfortable.
Here are ten energy-saving tips to remember for the summer months.
1) Adjust Your Thermostat
A few degrees can make a significant difference in your energy consumption. If possible, set your thermostat to 78 degrees when you’re at home and a bit higher while you’re away. Consider investing in a programmable or smart thermostat. These can automatically adjust temperatures based on your schedule or even learn your habits over time, leading to considerable energy savings.
2) Harness the Power of Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans can make a room feel 10 degrees cooler while using just 10% of the energy of a central air conditioner. You won’t have to rely nearly as much on your air conditioner if you turn on the fan while you are in a room. Remember, fans cool people, not rooms, so turn them off when you leave the room.
3) Invest in Energy-Efficient HVAC Systems
If your HVAC system is more than ten years old, it might be time for a replacement. Today’s energy-efficient models can save a significant amount on your energy bill. Look for the ENERGY STAR label to ensure you’re getting an energy-efficient unit to help you save the most money.
4) Maintain Your HVAC System
Proper maintenance is key to keeping your HVAC system running at an optimal level. Make sure to change or clean your filter every one to three months and keep an eye on your system’s components for any debris or visible damage. Additionally, schedule a professional tune-up at least once annually, if not once before summer and then again before winter — catching problems before they occur can keep your HVAC system running efficiently.
5) Seal Windows and Doors
Cool air can escape, and hot air can infiltrate through gaps in windows and doors. Weather stripping and caulking can help seal these leaks, which makes it much easier to keep your home feeling cool and comfortable. You can also consider installing energy-efficient windows for additional savings.
6) Use Window Treatments
Curtains, blinds, and shades aren’t just for decoration, as they can play a big role in helping you save money on your energy bill. They can block out the sun’s rays, preventing your home from feeling like a greenhouse. Using either thermal or blackout curtains can further reduce heat gain and make it easier to save money.
7) Plant Shade Trees and Install Awnings
Planting leafy trees on the sunniest side of your house can block the sun’s rays from heating your home. You can also install awnings over windows to significantly reduce heat gain. While it may take a few years for a tree to grow, it can be worth the wait.
8) Upgrade Your Appliances
If your refrigerator, dishwasher, or washing machine is old, it might be worth replacing them with energy-efficient models. ENERGY STAR-approved appliances use significantly less energy than standard models, reducing your energy bills. Researching your options can help you choose the best appliance that’s efficient while staying within your budget.
9) Limit the Use of Heat-Generating Appliances
Cooking, washing clothes, and running the dishwasher all generate heat, causing your AC to work much harder. Try to use these appliances in the early morning or late evening when it’s cooler. Also, consider grilling outside, air-drying clothes, and washing dishes by hand to limit heat production. Following these tips can play a key role in helping you save money.
10) Reach Out to Professionals
HVAC professionals can inspect your system to make adjustments to boost energy efficiency. These adjustments can even extend the lifespan of your air conditioner. You can also contact an HVAC company at any time if you have questions or concerns about your system.
At Brisk Air, we are committed to helping our customers achieve maximum comfort with minimum energy usage during the summer months. If you need help implementing any of these strategies or want to learn more about energy-efficient HVAC systems, don’t hesitate to contact us. Let’s work together to create a cooler and more sustainable summer without breaking the bank.
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