Did you know you can be energy efficient and save money when the temperature goes up this summer? It’s true! In this blog, we’ll go over a few simple steps which will help your home be more energy-efficient and save you money. Even when it is hot outside.
According to Energy.gov, by replacing your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures with energy-efficient bulbs, you can save $75 each year. Compared to traditional incandescents, energy-efficient lightbulbs such as light emitting diodes (LEDs) typically use about 25%-80% less energy and can last up to 25 times longer, too. For more information, check out the top eight things you didn’t know about LEDs.
Although you may be inclined to turn down your thermostat this summer, try to set it as high as comfortably possible, especially when you are not home. A smart, or programmable thermostat, can efficiently keep your house warmer when you are away, and cooler when you are home, without you having to remember to adjust daily. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your cooling costs will be.
A ceiling fan used in conjunction with air conditioning will allow you to turn up the thermostat about four degrees with no change in comfort level. Fans create a wind chill effect, which cools people without using air conditioning to cool the room. Be sure to turn off the ceiling fan when you leave the room. Use ventilation fans in the bathroom during showers or baths to remove heat and humidity, as well as laundry rooms and kitchens when in use. For optimal efficiency, bathroom and kitchen fans should be vented to the outside and not up into the attic.
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