During summer, there are some easy ways that you can lower your energy bills. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to reduce cooling costs. Implement these tips in your home to save energy in summer.
Schedule HVAC Servicing
Before running your AC all summer long, have it serviced by a professional. The technician will adjust and inspect the components of the system and make any necessary repairs. Tuning up the system and changing the filter helps it run more efficiently. You’ll be less likely to experience an inconvenient AC problem on a hot day once you have had the unit serviced.
Use Window Coverings to Save Energy in Summer
It’s surprising how something as simple as blackout curtains can help you save energy in summer. Keep the sunlight from beaming into your windows by hanging blackout curtains and pulling them closed during the hottest part of the day. Closing the drapes when the sun is shining lowers the temperature in the room so the AC doesn’t have to work so hard.
Make Your Home Airtight
It’s common for older doors and windows to have openings around them that let air leak in and out. This makes it harder to keep your home cool and comfortable in the summer. Fortunately, this is an easy fix.
Buy adhesive weatherstripping material to close the gaps along the openings of doors and windows. Covering small cracks on window panes with caulk works, too. The most effective measure is to replace the windows with energy-efficient ones, but this is also the most expensive option.
Ceiling Fans Should Turn Counterclockwise to Save Energy in Summer
All winter, you probably had your ceiling fans set to run clockwise and perhaps haven’t gotten around to switching them yet. Ceiling fans should rotate counterclockwise during warm weather to help keep the house cool. Go through your house and make sure all ceiling fans are circulating in the right direction. It can be changed with the switch on the motor.
Program Your Thermostat
Programmable thermostats help save energy in summer because you can program them according to your family members’ schedules. If there is a time of day that no one is home, set the thermostat to raise a few degrees so that the AC isn’t working hard to cool an empty house.