The heat has finally arrived in the Valley of the Sun. So, it’s prime time to focus on ways to save energy on monthly utility bills without having to make large sacrifices in comfort. You can save energy, money, and the environment with these tips.
1. Close Curtains, Blinds, and Drapes
During the hotter months, keep your curtains, blinds, and drapes closed during the daytime. This simple tip helps to keep out the sunlight and solar heat gain without the air conditioning unit continuously blasting out cool air. The Department of Energy says by smart management of window coverings, homeowners can reduce heat gain by up to 77%. Double check to make certain your fireplace damper is also closed to prevent AC air from going up the chimney.
2. Set the Thermostat Up
Setting your thermostat to at least 78 degrees or higher will decrease energy bills up to 5% per degree. Chances are you may not even notice the difference much. During the night, you don’t need the same amount of air to feel cool. By turning on the overhead fan, it can help circulate the cool air and will maintain the same level of comfort if you were to lower the thermostat by four degrees. You’ll see real savings without sweltering.
3. Close the Gaps
Gaps around your windows and doors are increasing your monthly utility bills. AC leaking through these areas can add up to an additional 15% on cooling costs. A well-sealed home means a reduction in dust, pollen, and insects entering inside. These gaps can easily be fixed with caulk, weather stripping, and door sweeps.
4. Replace the AC Filters
A well-maintained air conditioning unit simply uses less energy. By replacing the air filter to your HVAC system at least every month, you’ll gain the advantages of increased air flow, cleaner indoor air, and lower monthly utility bills.
5. Go with LED Light Bulbs
Replace any remaining standard bulbs with ENERGY STAR rated LED light bulbs. LED bulbs actually use 70% to 90% less energy and best of all last 25 times longer. The benefits of installing LED light bulbs range from a better source of light similar to natural sunlight to savings up to $1,000 over a 10-year span according to the Consumer Federation of America.
Call Cool Blew for Energy Saving Ideas
We know the best energy saving tips in the Valley of the Sun. Call Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900 for all your air conditioning and plumbing needs. Our expert technicians are available 24/7/365. We’re here to keep you cool all summer long.