Most people expect higher electric bills in the Summer. The AC runs non-stop, kids are home using electronics, and dishes and laundry seem to pile up for extra loads. Warm weather is great but comes with a price. With a little preparation, you can cut down you electic bill and save money on your utility bill:
Today’s smart thermostats don’t just allow you to control your home heating and cooling with your phone. Many thermostats are equipped with WiFi, sensors, and algorithms to help save you money while you are away from home and increase comfort while at home. Nest Thermostat predicts you can save 10%-15% on heating and cooling costs, while Ecobee estimates that figure can be closer to 20%.
If you’re in the market for a smart thermostat but don’t know where to start, feel free to give us a call! Our tech team is more than happy to recommend and even install your thermostat!
Don’t let your ceiling fan be just another decoration collecting dust. Just by using your ceiling fan, you can save up to 15% on heating and cooling costs. Couple fan use with open windows open on breezy days can be a cost-effective way to beat the heat.
Did you know your fan should spin one direction in the summer and the opposite in the winter? Many do not! Be sure to set your fan on the correct mode for the season for extra savings!
Tint or Shade Your Windows
Depending on the number of windows and southern exposure your home has, blocking out the Sun by window protection can save a couple hundred dollars a year. Adding tint to your windows can help repel harmful UV rays, but may cause your house to stay cooler in the winter and not just the summer. You could also add plants and shrubs to block your windows, but then you aren’t able to let in as much natural light when desired.
We recommend simply drawing your shades during the day to block out the Sun! Couple this with energy efficient LED bulbs and both your air conditioner and wallet will thank you!
Use Your Grill
An underrated way to keep your home cooler in the Summer is to cook your food outside. Using your oven can increase the temperature of your kitchen by 10 degrees. This causes more strain on your AC unit. A better approach is to use a grill or smoker and microwave to reheat leftovers. You can enjoy the great weather and save money!
Use Your Dishwasher
Did you know you can use 5,000 more gallons of water by hand washing your dishes vs using an energy efficient dishwasher? Not to mention dish washers can lead to clean dishes and a more sanitary kitchen. Let dishes air dry for more savings. Look for the Energy Star logo!
Consider Investing in Solar
After doing all you can to reduce your energy footprint, the next step is to produce your own energy. During the Summer, solar production is generally at it’s peak. This means you can reduce or eliminate your electric bill all together! Furthermore, you can extend these savings to the Winter with net metering.
If you’re considering investing in your home with solar, please reach out to our team of experts through our website or phone number. We will provide a hassle-free, no obligation consultation on whether solar is a good fit for your home or business.