Are you tired of emptying your wallet to pay your outrageous utility bills? If the answer is yes, we have tips to help you save money while being comfortable in your home during warmer temperatures. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, air conditioning and heating your home represents 43% monthly utility bills. Here’s how to reduce that cost when the temperature rises.
#1. Plant more shrubs and trees around your home
Heat that accumulates inside a house typically comes directly from the sun shining through windows or onto the roof. Consider planting shrubs and leafy trees around the exterior in order to help deter the sun from heating your home.
#2. Clothe your windows
Use mesh-like window screens or solar screens to prevent the sun from heating your home. Window screens are most effective on east and west facing windows. Or consider intercepting up to 70% of solar energy before it enters your home by installing solar screens.
#3. Install storm windows and doors
If your home has single pane glass windows, installing storm windows and doors will reduce the amount of cooling or heating lost by 50%.
#4. Lower your air conditioner setting
Save 5% to 15% on your air-conditioning bill by lowering the thermostat setting to 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
#5. Use fans
Fans help circulate air inside your home. We suggest placing fans on the upper level and opening windows on a lower level. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, those living in a one-story house, should close windows near the fan and open windows in rooms far from the fan.
#6. Install ceiling fans
To keep your home cool, make sure your fan is blowing down. If your fan is blowing up it sends the air to the ceiling instead of down where it can cool you down.
#7. Relax in a lower level
During high temperatures, your basement will be the coolest space in your home. To keep this space cool be mindful of the humidity. Avoid opening basement windows when there is a high humidity level in the air.
#8. Skip oven baking
During the heat of the day, warm food using a microwave which reduces cooking heat. If you must use the oven or stove top cook in the evening instead.
#9. Use exhaust fans
Turn on exhaust fans when boiling pasta or cooking on your range, this will help lower the heat emitted from cooking. The same works for after you shower, turning on the exhaust fan removes heat and humidity.
#10. Maintain your AC
The easiest thing for all homeowners to do is keep air filters clean. A clean air filter not only promotes healthy air movement but will keep your AC unit level – allowing condensation to drain properly.
#11. Replace your unit
According to the Department of Energy, replacing your old unit with a newer unit, will cut your energy costs in half.
#12. Shade your condenser
Use 10% less electricity by placing condensers in the shade as oppose to direct sunlight.
#13. Let the humidity control your AC
The U.S. Department of Energy suggest, setting the AC fan speed on high on non-humid days to improve your home’s comfort. On humid days, set the speed on low to remove moisture from the air.
#14. Water can cool you off
Did you know, your comfort range depends on the temperatures you have experienced recently? Taking a cool shower will lower your temperature. Oddly enough – the mind and body will adjust to temperature change rather quickly.
#15. Switch to energy-saving light bulbs
Knowing that less than 10% of the energy used by an incandescent bulb produces light and the rest escapes as heat, should be an incentive to use energy-saving light bulbs.
#16. Repair leaky ducts
Leaks and lack of insulation can result in as much as 40% of your home’s heating and cooling energy loss. To help your home be energy efficient make sure connections are sealed at vents and registers meeting the ceilings, floors, and walls.
#17. Insulate your attic
A poorly insulated attic can facilitate up to a 40% loss of your home’s cool air. It is suggested to increase the level of insulation from 2-3 inches to 8-14 inches.
#18. A light color
Consider painting your home in a light color. The light color will reflect more heat than a dark in color home.
#19. Roofs matter
Always keep in mind that a regular shingle roof reflects less heat from your home than a metal roof. An obvious suggestion to help save money is to choose a metal roof which will help you lower cooling costs. While the metal roof design style may not suit your taste, they now make metal shingles.
#20. Seal doors and windows
To help lower energy bills, weather stripping doors and caulking windows is a great first step.