Jun 27, 2018

Summer Energy Saving Tips

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Summer is just around the corner. Temperature’s rising, sticky humidity and a spike in energy bills. By following a few simple tips and tricks provided below, you could save some dollars on your next bill.

  1. Seal up the leaks – Your air conditioner is forced to work harder when air is escaping through leaks. When your A/C works harder, it affects the efficiency of the system. Check your home for leaks in the walls and doors and seal them up. Most will be simple DIY projects, but you can save the hassle and call in a professional like Fixd Repair to help out. You may also opt for draft stoppers, which fit snuggly at the base of doors, blocking any air from escaping or entering.
  2. Water heater temperature On average, the 3rd largest energy consumption in a family home comes from the water heater. That’s pretty surprising!  The default temperature setting on most water heaters is 140 degrees. To be more efficient, lower that temperature to 120 degrees. It’s enough to make a difference in energy consumption but not so much that you would notice the temperature changes. Note that you’ll want to check with your dishwasher and washing machine manufacturer, as some require 140 degrees to function on high cycles.
  3. Change your filters – It’s a small task to remember, and therefore, it’s often easily forgotten. Changing your filters is extremely important for safety and home energy efficiency. When the filter is clogged, your clothes dryer and air conditioner are forced to work harder and use more energy. Change them regularly and be sure to mark your calendar with reminders. For the average home without pets, change every 90 days. Homes with dogs or cats should switch filters ever 60 days.
  4. Fridge & freezer care – The average refrigerator temperature should be kept between 37 and 40 degrees. For freezers, the temperature runs around 5 degrees. Setting them any lower will only use more energy and isn’t necessary.  Another minor thing you can do is clean the coils underneath and behind your fridge. When they are covered in dust, the unit has to work harder to stay cool.
  5. Clean air conditioner – The most important tool in keeping your home cool is your air conditioner unit. To keep it running efficiently, you’ll need to maintain its cleanliness. Clean off twigs, leaves, branches and, debris. Make sure bushes and plants are set back with plenty of space from the unit. Clean the coils and change the filters regularly to keep it running smoothly. Maintenance and tune-ups on your A/C unit are also crucial to the health of the unit and system. Schedule an appointment with Fixd Repair for the best service and pricing.
  6. Programmable thermostats Maintain pre-set temperatures for the times that you are home and need the cool air the most. Most smart thermostats made nowadays can easily be controlled from your smartphone, for convenience. You may want to check out our suggestions for programmable thermostats in our Smart Home Devices post!
  7. Bathroom fan use That annoying rumbling ventilation fan in your bathroom can be really helpful during the summer. It sucks up the heat and humidity caused by your hot water, which will keep it cooler and help your A/C from working overtime to cool that area. Let the fan run until the moisture is gone. Use the bathroom mirror as a gauge – once there’s no more steam on it, turn the fan off.  Whenever possible, open a door while the fan is running to help air out the room.
  8. Lowest price for electricity – Find the lowest price for electricity in your zip code.  If you live in a deregulated market, you’re in luck! This means you’ll get to pick your provider, and can shop the best deals.  For help narrowing down the finalists, check out ComparePower.
  9. Ceiling fans – Your ceiling fans don’t actually cool the room, they just circulate the air around them, creating a cooling effect. Turn them off when you’re not home because they do use up energy. Enjoy the breezy air when you get home and turn them back on. Set them to run counter-clockwise in the summer to push the cooler air down.
  10. Cover the windows – Keep those window treatments closed during the day to help block out the sun and heat.  At night, you can open them up to allow the cooler temperatures to come in. This is a simple, easy way to keep your home cooler every day. Blackout shades will also help keep your room cool because they are natural insulators. Plus, you get the added bonus of your room being darker at night.

Your electricity bill doesn’t have to spike this time of year to maintain your home. By following these few simple adjustments you can save money this Summer. There’s no need to overheat your energy bill when you have these summer energy saving tips!