Sep 3, 2019
4 Tips to Save Energy This Summer
The sweltering summer heat has arrived, and it is not going anywhere for a few months. With the temperatures as high as they are this time of the year, your HVAC has to work overtime to keep your home cool. So, how can you save energy when the outdoor temperature is consistently hitting the century mark? We’ve put together four quick energy efficiency tips to save energy in the summer, so you won’t have to sweat it.
- Turn on Your Ceiling Fan. Did you know that a ceiling fan can make an air-conditioned room feel four degrees cooler? Make sure that during the summer your fan is turning counter-clockwise (when you look up at it) so that the cooler air is blowing straight down on you. Because of the cooling effect from the fan, you can turn your thermostat up a bit and save more energy. But, remember that fans cool people, not rooms, so you’ll want to make sure you turn off the fan when you leave the room. The cooling effect from the fan is your perceived temperature in the room and doesn’t actually lower the overall temperature. So, you’ll feel cooler air, but the ambient temperature hasn’t actually dropped.
- Reduce Your Appliance Use. This energy-saving tip can be used year-round, but it may be most important during the summer. Small home appliances like hairdryers and computers give off a moderate amount of heat, but larger everyday appliances like your oven and dishwasher give off quite a bit more. So, try to reduce the use of those larger appliances. To do so, try grilling outdoors and keep the heat outside! When you are using your dishwasher or washing machine make sure that you are loading them up so that you are running them less often. You may also try running those appliances at night when your home is just a bit cooler.
- Keep Cool Air Inside. It’s a tale as old as time, right? You can remember your parents yelling to “shut the door and not let the cold air out!” Well, they were right. An easy way to save energy is to simply not cool down your neighbourhood. Only open your doors to the outside as needed and do not leave them open. The same goes for your refrigerator and freezer. Open them as needed so that they don’t have to use extra energy to cool back down after being opened.
- Buy an HVAC Maintenance Plan. Your HVAC system will run often and hard during the long summer. To avoid costly repairs and replacements for your HVAC, it’s important to maintain your system. Regular maintenance will keep it running optimally. For only $8.33 a month (less than your daily Starbucks!), you can keep your HVAC system in top shape with our HVAC Maintenance Plan. Included is a Fall and Spring checkup and NO overtime fees! This small monthly investment on maintenance is sure to be offset by your energy savings in the future.
Try utilizing these four energy saving tips the summer in your home. Using this advice will keep you cool and save you money — our two top summer goals!