There’s nothing like coming in from the summer heat to a cool, comfortable home. Until the electricity bill comes, that is. Then maybe, despite the indoor cool, you find yourself getting a little hot under the collar and wondering what on earth you can do to air condition your home without having to sacrifice an arm, leg, or anything else that matters.
Well, don’t get mad, get busy saving energy around the house. And here are 8 simple ways to help you do just that:
- Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use, which continue to draw energy when plugged in even if they’re turned off.
- Make the switch to LED lights, even just one room at a time. LED lights stay cool to the touch, and thus don’t add any heat to your indoor environment. Plus, they consume far less electricity than traditional incandescent bulbs.
- Keep the blinds, shades, and curtains closed during peak daylight hours, especially on hot, sunny days.
- Install programmable thermostats and pre-set them to higher than-than-normal temperatures during those hours when your house is empty.
- Stay hydrated and wear clothing made of breathable fibers like cotton.
- Avoid using the oven on those super-hot days. Consider using a slow-cooker, grilling, or simply enjoying your favorite pizza or salad for dinner.
- Run large appliances, like the dishwasher, washing machine and dryer at night or first thing in the morning, and remember to run them only when you have a full load. For even greater energy savings, try line drying your clothes.
- Seal gaps around your doors, windows, the areas where walls and ceiling meet, and around electrical outlets. The idea is to prevent cool air from escaping outdoors or into your attic.
Ready to save even more money on your home cooling costs? Then contact Boden Plumbing, Heating & Air today to schedule our AC cleaning and inspection service. It’s a service you should have performed once a year not just to keep your energy costs in line, but for improved system performance and a longer lifespan.