Top 10 Summer Energy Saving Tips

July 11, 2014

We all know that high temperatures in the summer can take a toll on your comfort as well as your wallet. We’ve compiled a list of tips about how to stay comfortable during the summer months without increasing your energy costs.

1. Use your windows to get cool air and keep heat away.

On days where it cools down at night, turn off your cooling system and open your windows while sleeping. When you wake in the morning, shut the windows and blinds to capture the cool air. Install window coverings to prevent heat gain through your windows.

2. Use your thermostat efficiently.

Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be. Keep your house warmer than normal when you are away, and lower the thermostat setting only when you’re home and need the cool air.

Tip: Avoid setting the thermostat any cooler than you normally would if your home is really hot. It won’t cool your home any faster, and may lead to a bigger energy bill.

3. Use fans and ventilation strategies.

Fans are great because if you use them along with central air, you’ll be able to raise your thermostat about 4° comfortably.

Tip: It’s helpful to turn them off when you leave the room. Fans cool people, not the room itself, by creating a wind chill effect.

4. Be careful not to accidentally heat your home with appliances and lighting.

When it’s really hot outside, avoid using lights indoors (when you can), using the oven, laundry machines, and other appliances.

5. Lower your water heating costs.

Your water heater accounts for 14% to 25% of the energy used in your home. To save energy, you may want to turn down your water heater to the warm setting (120°F).

If you haven’t already, conduct an energy assessment to find out where you can save the most. An energy assessment will tell you how efficient your home is at maintaining comfortable temperatures, and it will let you know if your home is cost efficient. If you’re interested in having your home assessed with an energy audit, please fill out a short contact form by clicking here. If you are interested in a free estimate or would like to know how Lensis Builders, Inc. can make your home even better, give us a call at 703-367-8999 or click here. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next project, visit our Pinterest page!

For more information about how to maintain an eco-friendly, cost efficient home, visit the Department of Energy.

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