Spring is here along with warmer weather. As we turn down the thermostat to maintain a comfortable temperature inside, we will be faced with higher electricity bills. To spare your wallet, consider these ideas to keep your power bills in check.
- Seal openings – Ample insulation is vital to keeping your home energy-efficient during summer. But even with adequate insulation, the warm air outside could be seeping in if there are cracks in the windows and doors. Make sure that all cracks and crevices are properly sealed as you head into summer.
- Clean filters – An air conditioning unit with a dirty filter will have to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature. Filters should be replaced every month.
- Maintain your airconditioning unit – Ensuring that your AC unit has the correct refrigerant level and that the external coils are cleaned will provide for greater efficiency. Improperly maintained air conditioning units work harder—not smarter—and lead to higher consumption of electricity.
- Keep the sun out – When the sun shines directly inside your house, it makes the temperature higher. Keep the sun out by closing your blinds. It will reduce the solar heat gain and keep the house cooler.
- Use heat-generating appliances at night – It is hot during summer days. Do not make the house warmer still by using heat-generating appliances such as ovens, dryers, and dishwashers during the day. Save their use for night when temperatures fall.
Insulating your home
A typical home must have insulation in the walls, ceiling, and basement. Insulation is the barrier that stands between heated and unheated spaces. Insulation will prevent the cooler air inside the house from escaping. It will also keep the house from absorbing the hot air outside. Make sure that your home is adequately insulated.
There are many insulation materials available including spray foam insulation, fiberglass, rockwool, cotton batts, loose-fill insulation, and loose-fill cellulose. Call a professional to see if your house is adequately insulated.