Looking for ways to save this summer? Try these 5 tips:
- Maintain your central air conditioner on a regular basis and clean or replace filters to ensure optimal efficiency. Set your air conditioner thermostat as high as comfortable when you’re home. Use a smart thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature.
- Close your blinds and windows during the day and open them at night. This is a no-cost way to keep your home a little cooler. If it is cooler outside of the home at night, consider opening the windows.
- Update or replace your windows to prevent drafts. Heat gain and heat loss through windows can account for nearly 25-30% of energy use when heating or cooling your home, according to Energy.gov. Replacing your windows can not only save you more money, but also make your home more comfortable.
- Minimize conditions that heat the home: Use the outdoor grill rather than the oven. Run the washer and dryer at night on hot days and let your dishes air dry. Avoid using major appliances during peak energy demand times.
- Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use. Power home electronics, such as TVs, gaming systems and computers into power strips and turn them off when the equipment is not in use.