The warm weather comes with a price, but we’ll take it over the harsh winter cold any time. The problem with summer days spent at home is multifold. If you are indoors, you find yourself spending way too much electricity on the AC, and showers that keep you fresh for about 15 minutes. If you are outside, you still end up spending power on washing extra beach towels, bathing suits, and your kids’ muddy clothes. Practically, you can’t win unless you organize well.
To help you save energy during summer days (and valuable money on your utilities!), we’ve shared three tips below:
Be Smart with Your Thermostat
Blasting the AC feels lovely on a sweltering summer day, but the skyrocketed utility bill sure takes the joy out of it. Still, that doesn’t mean you have to spend the entire summer with a wet towel around your neck to keep cool. The thing to keep in mind is this: you’ll save up to 3% of your cooling expenses for every degree you raise your thermostat above 72º. So, setting your thermostat to 78º could be the best answer.
Keep Your Home Breezy
Although we’re all used to using ACs for cooling, fans are a much better option not only for our electric bill but for our health, too.
Ceiling fans are great, and usually, you don’t have to purchase one since many homes come already equipped with quality fans. Portable fans are yet another fantastic option as they are flexible, inexpensive and do an excellent job of keeping you cool. So, if you are into the light breeze in your home, go ahead and shut off your AC entirely or alter its temperature as much as possible.
Use the Barbeque
When hot days kick in, it’s almost impossible to cook inside; all the heat-producing appliances will make you crazy and have you give up on cooking altogether. A few interesting ways you can avoid getting drenched while still preparing a nice meal are:
- Use the microwave instead of an oven whenever possible; it uses just one-third the energy
- Cook outdoors either by installing a mini summer kitchen outside or by using a barbeque, to prepare some of your favorite meat and veggie dishes
- When you are away from home, turn the AC off altogether
- Install a smart or programmable thermostat to avoid having to change the temperature manually each time you leave the house
- Keep the windows and doors shut when the AC is on to have it to perform correctly
- Keep the blinds closed during the hottest parts of the day, to avoid the heat entering your home through the windows (especially if you’ve got large bedroom windows)
- Open your windows at night when it is cooler, and avoid opening them during the day
- Build a garden: strategically placed trees, shrubs, and vines provide great natural shade and block sunlight from your roof, windows, and walls
- Avoid using hot water when showering; shower with warm or cold water
Summer is best spent by the pool, isn’t it? Unfortunately, that’s not everyone’s reality which is why we had to find solutions that agree with our lifestyles. If you need any additional advice on how to keep your home fresh in the summer; and still saving on the energy bill, click here for a FREE estimate from 1-800-HANSONS.