Top Tips to Cut Down Energy Costs This Summer
Summer is here again. While residents love this season and tourists throng the Sunshine State for summer vacations, air conditioners have to be set to cool to counter the effect of the heat. And that means one thing; higher electricity bills.
We’ve put together these tips to help you reduce energy this summer without turning off your air conditioner and sacrificing comfort.
Turn off lights
When you’re not using the rooms or heading out, turn off the lights to prevent burning energy. You should also consider keeping the lights off when the sun is up. Natural light can provide all the illumination you need during the day.
Adjust AC when going out
Your AC doesn’t have to run at high power if you aren’t in for some hours. Turning the thermostat to a higher temperature will help lower energy consumption. If the temperature is cool, you can turn it off until you return.
Use a smart thermostat
Smart thermostats are, well, smart. So your AC can come on and go off when needed, even if you’re far away from home. Forgot to turn off the AC when you rushed out earlier? You can turn it off from your device no matter where you are.
Unplug unused appliances
Another simple way to save energy is to unplug unused appliances. Even when not in use, these devices still use up energy and contribute to the higher summer energy costs.
Keep heat-producing appliances away from the thermostat
When running, appliances such as television, dishwasher, lamps, etc., give off heat. If they are close to your thermostat, your air conditioner will detect the heat and be forced to crank out more cool air.
Install hurricane windows
Hurricane windows not only protect you during storms, they also offer better insulation than regular windows. This added benefit prevents heat from finding its way into your home, and your AC doesn’t have to work hard to cool your home.
While other tips are DIY, you have to get the help of a professional to install hurricane windows. That’s where we come in! We can retrofit energy-efficient windows to your old homes or install them in new apartments. Request an estimate today.