Summer Energy Savings Tips

Are you already dreading the summer energy bills? When July and August gets here will your budget already be maxed out because of high electric bills?
Spring is here and that means it is time to start preparing your home for the hot weather. Follow these few tips and hopefully you will be able to lower that power bill. Instead of reaching for the thermostat when it is hot and humid outside, take a more frugal approach to staying cool and keeping costs down. Follow these summer energy savings tips and it will help you save money and energy.
1. Remember that insulation and sealing air leaks can help improve your home's energy performance in the summer as well as the winter because they help you keep the cool air you have paid for cooling just the inside of your home.
2. Plant trees or shrubs to shade air conditioning units but do not block the airflow.
3. Place a room air conditioner on the north side of the house. A unit that operates in the shade uses less energy than one operating in the sun.
4. Do not place lamps or electronic equipment, such as a TV set near your home's thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than it needs to.
5. Use a fan even when your air conditioner is running so you can spread the cooled air more effectively throughout your home without having to adjust the thermostat.
6. Adjust your home's thermostat up two degrees in the summer.
7. Whole-house fans can help cool your home by pulling cool air through the house and exhausting warm air out through the attic. Whole-house fans are effective primarily when they are operated at night because that is typically when the outside air is cooler than the inside.
8. Keep curtains, drapes and blinds closed during the hottest part of the day to prevent the sun's rays from heating your home.

These are just a few things that you can prepare for before the weather gets hot. Tips as small as moving some lamps, computers or TVs away from the thermostat or as big as planting some trees or large bushes by your air conditioner unit. These are all things that you can do before the weather gets too hot.

Tomorrow I will be telling you of some services that you can plug into with your power company to help analyse your power efficiency in your home.

If you have any energy savings tips that you would like to add, leave a comment and I will update the article.
Information was gathered through my local power company.

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