As the summer temperatures increase, so does your energy usage. You use the AC more often and relax frequently with some entertainment through your computers, TVs or other electronics. If you have kids who are home from school, they’re probably using up more energy and electricity too.
Everything is fine and dandy until the utility bill arrives and you’re shocked to see the spike in your bill. If you’re confused about what you should do to prevent that spike in the future, you’re in the right place! The team at Weeks Service Company has some easy summer energy saving tips for you.
1. Consider LED Lighting
One of the most common summer energy saving tips is to switch to LEDs. LEDs or light emitting diodes are the most energy-efficient lighting technologies. According to the Department of Energy, LEDs use 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lights. Whether it’s for your kitchen, your living spaces or holiday lights, LEDs are a great option if you’re trying to save more energy.
2. Use Your Thermostat Wisely
With the overbearing Texas heat, it’s understandable if you’re inclined to bring the thermostat down to 60 degrees. However, it’s important you’re smart with your thermostat so you can be comfortable while saving energy and money. Here are some ways you can do that:
- Set your thermostat at as high a temperature as comfortably possible. If it’s 90 degrees outside and your thermostat is set to 50 degrees, your home will not cool any faster. In fact, your AC might run overtime to provide the cooling necessary.
- According to the Department of Energy, you can save up to 10 % a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7-10 degrees for 8 hours a day. Leave your thermostat at a higher temperature when you are away so your AC isn’t cooling an empty home.
- Consider a programmable thermostat so you can set up a schedule of temperature changes instead of constantly changing the thermostat setting manually.
3. Don’t Let the Cool Air Out
If you want your home at comfortable temperature, it’s important you don’t let the cool air out and keep your home well sealed and insulated. Make sure your windows are sealed shut and use weather-stripping on your doors and windows to ensure there are no air leaks. To avoid any extra heat, draw the blinds and curtains in the hottest parts of your home.
4. Make Use of Your Ceiling Fan
Try increasing your AC’s temperature a few degrees more than usual and turn the ceiling fan on. Fans create a wind chill effect by circulating air in the room, making it more comfortable for occupants, even if the AC is on a slightly higher setting. Just remember to turn off the fans when you leave the room!
5. Unplug Items Not in Use
Unplug all electronic devices not in use such as an extra television you don’t use or a fully charged phone and laptop. According to the Department of Energy, a fully charged phone that is still plugged in can use up to 2.24 watts. Doing this with many appliances can increase your energy bill by up to 10 %. Remember to unplug, especially when you leave the house for prolonged periods.
Weeks Service Company: Providing League City with Quality HVAC and Electrical Service
Consider these energy saving tips so you can spend these months relaxing, without worrying about your utility bill. The team at Weeks Service Company is here to ensure you are comfortable this summer by catering to your HVAC and electrical needs. With our dedicated professionals, you will be in the hands of friendly and experienced technicians who can give you effective solutions to your problems. Call us at 281-331-9555 or schedule a service on our website!