Easy Ways to Save Energy and Reduce Electric Bills

Easy Ways to Save Energy and Reduce Electric Bills

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Every summer with the rising temperatures comes the dreaded rising energy bills. Many people are wondering how to save energy at home during the summer.

Here are some energy saving tips to keep in mind to help with energy conservation and how to save electricity in the warm weather.

1.Check Your Thermostat Setting
A small adjustment to your thermostat could help you save up to 10%! If you typically have your thermostat at 72° a small increase to 74° wouldn’t be a big change in the temperature in your home, but results in one of the easiest ways to save energy in the summer months.

2. Close Your Curtains
Closing your blinds or curtains during the heat of the day can be a great energy saver. This prevents your rooms from being heated up by the suns rays, which decreases the need for your air conditioner to run as often to cool your house.

3. Change Your Filters
Make it a habit to change your air conditioner filter once a month. By keeping up with routine maintenance, you can ensure you are running an energy efficient air conditioner. If your air conditioner is not properly maintained it works harder to keep your house at the temperature you have set on the thermostat.

4. Get Air Moving
Different types of fans can be invaluable to move cooled air around your home and likely help save energy by decreasing how much you use your air conditioner. Ceiling fans utilize much less energy than an air conditioner but can still help you keep your home cool. Most ceiling fans have two settings; so make sure that your fan is turning the direction that pushes air down so that it is creating a cool breeze.

5. When the Temperature Drops Take Advantage
One of the best ways to conserve energy is to not use the AC! Pay attention to the weather and when the overnight temperature forecast is lower than your thermostat setting turn your air conditioner off and open those windows! Allow the cool night air to cool off your home. Adding a box fan in your window is a great way to pull that cool air inside your home. This energy saving tip has to be followed up with closing your windows and blinds in the morning so that you are trapping that cool air in your home and not allowing the higher temperatures of the day heat your home back up!

6. Get On A New Program
A programmable thermostat allows you to conserve energy without even thinking about it! A programmable thermostat can be set to follow your daily schedule so that when the house is empty the thermostat will be set a bit higher, around 78°. Then when you are home or awake the temperature is a bit cooler. Once you program the thermostat you don’t have to worry about it again. Some models even learn your habits automatically based on when you manually move the thermostat up or down or have the capability to be controlled from a smart phone.

7. Check Your Vents
In order to save electricity you should ensure the vents in your home allow the cooled air to flow freely into the rooms. Vacuum the vents to make sure they are free from debris and check that no furniture is blocking the vents.

8. Limit Your Cooking
Cooking with either the stove or cooktop can add a lot of heat to your kitchen, causing your air conditioner to work harder to keep your house at a comfortable temperature. There is a reason that summer time is known for grilling, take your cooking outside! Another energy conservation alternative would be meals that do not require any type of cooking, or preparing your meals during cooler hours of the day.

9. Make Sure Your Home Isn’t Leaky
Your home may have hidden cracks that allow cooled air out and hot air in. Check that windows and doors have proper weatherstripping and caulking to seal these cracks; this is a quick and easy way to a lower electric bill.

10. Schedule Routine Maintenance
Regular HVAC maintenance is one of the best ways to conserve energy. When your air conditioner is running at peak performance it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you have set on your thermostat. The professionals at Jupiter Air Conditioning and Heating can perform regular maintenance on your system to ensure an energy efficient air conditioner such as inspecting the refrigerant level and checking for leaks, ensure your thermostat is calibrated correctly, inspecting the control box and checking electrical connections, lubrication of moving parts, and inspection of condensation drain, hoses, and pump.