Summertime is fun time! It’s also the peak season for electricity use. To avoid energy bill shock and enjoy an energy-efficient summer, follow these tips:
If you have one, get your central air conditioning checked annually by a professional HVAC technician to ensure it is functioning at its best capacity.
Replace the air filters every three months to keep dust out of the ducts, especially if you’ve had renovations done in your home.
Keep the vents clear of carpets, drapery, and furniture, and close the vents in rooms that you don’t use often.
Install a programmable thermostat. This will allow you to turn the temperature up during the day when nobody is home and at night when the temperature goes down. Each degree saves 3-4% in energy costs.
Use ceiling or room fans as they can do a good job of cooling your house while using a lot less energy than central air units.
Top up the insulation in the attic and seal air leaks around windows and doors. This will help save energy in both summer and winter.
Get rid of old inefficient appliances. Consider Energy Star ratings when looking for new appliances.
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