The average American spends more than $400 on electricity during the summer months. That’s roughly 3 percent more than they were spending on it just a few short years ago.
Do you want to keep your electricity costs as low as you can get them this summer? You can do it by putting a few simple summer energy saving tips to good use. You could save hundreds of dollars in some cases by making relatively small changes around the house.
Here are 10 summer energy saving tips that you should keep in mind as we inch closer to the start of summer 2019.
1. Service Your Air Conditioner
If you plan on using an air conditioner to keep your home cool this summer, make sure it gets serviced before you turn it on for the first time.
AC units that aren’t serviced might not run as efficiently as possible. This can drive up your energy costs and force your AC unit to eventually give out on you much sooner than it should.
Generally speaking, you should have an HVAC specialist service your AC unit once every year. You should also call them as soon as possible if you ever notice that your AC is taking longer than it should to cool your house off.
2. Clear Vents
Your AC might be kicking plenty of cold air out into your home. But if you have vents throughout it that are blocked by furniture, the cold air isn’t going to make its way into all the various parts of your house.
This will cause your AC unit to stay on longer, which will send your energy bills skyrocketing before long. Prior to the start of the summer, walk around inside your home and check to see that all your vents are 100 percent clear.
3. Install Window Treatments
When the sun is allowed to shine directly into your home in the summertime, it’ll bring the temperature of your whole house up. This is yet another factor that will cause your AC unit to run for hours and hours at a time.
Put up some heavy curtains or other window treatments like blinds that will block the sun and stop it from shining into your house. This will keep the temperature cool and prevent the sun’s harmful UV rays from causing furniture, flooring, paint, and more to fade.
4. Replace Your Windows
Replacing all the windows in your home won’t be particularly cheap. On average, homeowners pay about $650 per window during window replacement.
But once you invest in new windows, you’ll see your energy bills come down quite a bit both in the summertime and the wintertime. Your new windows will prevent air from outside from getting in and stop air inside from getting out.
New windows will keep the temperature in your home comfortable and consistent, which will stop your HVAC system from struggling to heat and cool your home.
5. Add Insulation
The fiberglass insulation in your walls and your attic space can last for upwards of 100 years in some cases. But it’s a good idea to check your insulation every now and then to make sure it’s holding up OK.
If you find that the insulation is falling apart or missing completely, you’ll want to replace it right away. The insulation will work to keep the cool air created by your AC inside your home instead of allowing it to escape through your walls and ceilings.
6. Fix Your Roof
Is your roof in desperate need of repair or even replacement? The springtime is the right time to have roof repair or roof replacement done.
If your roof is in bad shape, it could be letting air from inside your home to escape freely. This can take a huge toll on your home’s temperature and make it warmer in the summer.
A company like ECO Roof & Solar can come out to your home and work on the roof. They can also install solar panels on your roof if you’d like so that you can start using the sun’s power to cut your energy costs.
7. Upgrade Your Thermostat
Ideally, you already have a programmable thermostat in your home that allows you to control the temperature at different times of the day. You shouldn’t have the AC on full blast in the middle of the day when no one is at home or the middle of the night when everyone is sleeping.
But take things a step further by installing a smart thermostat. You’ll be able to control it from anywhere so that you can adjust the temperature in your home accordingly to save yourself money.
You can turn the air off when you’re not home and turn it back on when you’re on your way back to your house so it’s cool when you walk in.
8. Stop Cooking Inside
One of the best parts about the summer is being able to cook on the grill outside. Do it as often as you can to limit the number of nights you have to cook dinner in your oven.
Your oven will obviously give off a lot of heat when it’s turned on and force your AC unit to work even harder than it already is to cool your house down. Hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill should be a part of your regular dinner routine in June, July, and August.
9. Use LED Lights
The lights in your home should stay off during the day throughout the summer. They should also have LED bulbs in them that don’t give off any heat.
LED lights are a little bit more costly than traditional light bulbs. But they’ll last a heck of a lot longer and cost less to keep on.
10. Shut Off Appliances During the Day
Do you have a few loads of laundry that need to be done? Run your washer and dryer at night rather than during the day to prevent them from adding a lot of heat to your home.
Try to keep most of your other appliances shut off during the day, too. Even something as simple as a TV could generate enough heat to affect the temperature of a room.
Use These Summer Energy Saving Tips Wisely
There is really no getting around spending a little extra money on electricity in the summer. Unless you’re prepared to shut your AC off and keep it off all summer long, your energy bills will jump up slightly.
But when you use the summer energy saving tips listed here, you’ll be able to keep your energy bills as low as you can get them. It’ll give you more money to spend on all the fun activities you have planned for the summer season.
Check out our blog for additional tips on saving money in different areas of your life.