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6 Tips to Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient This Summer


Power bills can skyrocket in the summer. Some reasons for increased energy usage are unavoidable — like having the kids out of school. Others can be improved, like your air conditioner‘s efficiency.

Here are six easy ways that you can reduce your energy costs in the summer months:

Use Ceiling Fans To Supplement Your AC

Running a fan requires a fraction of the energy your air conditioner uses. Of course, ceiling fans alone won’t keep you cool.

Ceiling fans pull hot air toward the ceiling, and the fan blades cut through and disperse the air. This creates a wind-chill effect that keeps you cool and helps you rely on your air conditioner less.

Install a Smart Thermostat

Man adjusting thermostatInstalling a smart or programmable thermostat has a similar energy-saving effect. Your smart thermostat will learn your schedule and comfort preferences to adjust the temperature automatically when you’re away to maximize energy efficiency.

Even without a smart thermostat, you can boost efficiency by manually adjusting your thermostat. Turn the thermostat up a few degrees when people aren’t home and close doors and vents in vacant rooms.

Keep Blinds Closed

Closing your curtains and blinds during the day will prevent the sun from rapidly heating your home, so your air conditioner will have to work harder to reach the set temperature. Blocking western- and southern-facing windows is particularly helpful.

Unplug Devices That Aren’t in Use

Unplugging electronic devices when you aren’t using them saves you money in two ways:

  1. Appliances, computers, power strips, chargers, or anything else you plug in saps a small amount of electricity from the outlet, even when turned off.
  2. The small amount of electricity generates heat, which can raise the temperature in your home by a few degrees when you consider the collective heat generated from multiple electrical devices.

Wash Your Clothes in Cold Water

Modern detergents don’t need extremely hot water to clean. It’s likely that a lot of your clothes won’t hold up well over time when they’re washed in hot water, anyway.

You should also consider lowering the temperature setting of your water heater in summer, when odds are you don’t want a steaming hot bath or shower, anyway. On average, 20% of your home’s energy consumption is used for water heating.

Install a Dehumidifier

When it’s hot and humid, a dehumidifier will save you lots on your power bill. Less humidity means your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to keep you comfortable, and you’ll have better indoor air quality.

You’ll even feel comfortable at a higher temperature because we perceive temperatures as hotter than they actually are when humidity is high. That’s why the heat index is always included in the weather report.

Save on Energy Costs This Summer With HELP Cooling

Having a great HVAC company on your side will also save you money this summer and in the long run. A quality air conditioner installation of a modern, energy-efficient system will help you keep your utility bills lower.

Scheduling routine AC maintenance also offers a great return on investment by maximizing cooling efficiency and helping catch repair needs early while they’re still relatively inexpensive. To keep all your home’s systems functioning at peak efficiency, join our HELP Club for automated maintenance services, priority scheduling, discounts, and more!

Contact HELP Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric and Drains online or call (513) 333-4357 to schedule air conditioning service and learn more tips for maximizing your energy efficiency.

Posted in: Air Conditioning, Electrical, Energy Efficiency, Meters & Thermostats, Plumbing

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