Summer Energy Savings Guide
Don’t let the hot air of summer take the spring out of your step. The summer months can lead to hefty utility bills, but we’ve got some tips that will keep you from having the summertime blues.
Windows Are Half the Battle
Windows are fantastic. They let in light, they give us gorgeous views…and they jack up our utility bill if they’re not in good condition. Making window adjustments and repairs can save you huge amounts of cash annually, and keep your home feeling comfortable.
Window fixes that save you money
- The most obvious first step is to purchase energy efficient windows. If your home or windows are very old, it may be more financially logical to replace the windows, rather than try to weatherproof inferior windows. A typical home will save up to $465 annually when replacing single-pane windows with Energy Star qualified windows.
- Check for air leaks around windows. Sealing these leaks provides energy savings of up to 20%. Apply caulking and weather-stripping where needed to ensure a solid seal.
- Consider investing in insulated curtains. They will help block out heat from the sun, and studies show certain types of insulated curtains can reduce heat impact by 33%. They also help seal in heat in the winter months. Added bonus: They dampen noise pollution.
- Awnings aren’t for everyone, but they’re worth considering. They can reduce heat from the sun by 77% when installing over west-facing windows. You can purchase adjustable awnings that retract in the winter so you can still benefit from the sun’s warmth in colder months.
Now that you’ve spent money on your windows, here are some FREE ways to stay cool in the heat of the day, and save dollars while you’re at it.
Simple tips that don’t cost a dime
- Let your hair air-dry. Save energy, and keep your bathroom cool by not blowing hot air around. Simple, but effective.
- Set your water heater to 120°. Save on energy used to heat the water, and protect yourself from scalding.
- Turn on the bathroom fan to pull out heat and humidity when you bathe. Ensure your ventilation fans are venting to the outside of your home (and not just into your attic).
- Dry your clothes outside if weather permits, and save energy from dryer use.
- Set your thermostat as high as you can comfortably tolerate. If you have ceiling fans, you can raise your thermostat about 4° without feeling much of a difference.
- Move lamps and television sets away from your AC thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from nearby appliances and will cause the AC to run longer than necessary.
- Avoid using your oven, especially during the hottest part of the day. Take advantage of your outdoor grill, or opt for the stove.
- Run your dishwasher and dryer at night to minimize heat output during the day.
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