12 May 6 Energy Saving Tips for Summer
It takes a lot of energy to cool your home in the summertime, which leads to extremely high electricity bills. However, lowering your utility bills doesn’t have to come at the cost of your comfort. At Energy Saving Pros, we help California residents save money and energy all year round with a variety of efficient solutions. Here are a few tips from our experts on how to save energy in summer and lower your electric bills.
Six Summer Energy Saving Tips
1: Schedule Regular HVAC Maintenance
If your electricity bills suddenly increase in the summer, it could be due to a poorly functioning air conditioner. Catching HVAC problems early in the season helps you save money by reducing the risk of high energy bills and expensive repairs.
Regular maintenance also ensures that you aren’t left without heating or cooling when you need them most. To ensure your air conditioner works efficiently all summer long, make sure to schedule regular HVAC maintenance.
2: Replace Your Air Conditioning Filters
One simple way you can save energy this summer is to regularly replace the air filter in your A/C unit. The more dust and other air pollutants the filter collects over time, the more difficult it will be for air to flow through it. Reduced airflow makes your air conditioner have to work harder and longer to cool your home, resulting in high energy bills and a worn-out HVAC system.
You should replace your air filter at least once every three months to ensure your HVAC runs smoothly and efficiently. However, excessive dust and fur from shedding pets can cause your air filter to become clogged more frequently. Make sure to check your filter each month and change it as soon as it becomes visibly dirty.
3: Consider a Solar-Powered Attic Fan
A solar-powered attic fan improves air circulation and helps pump hot air out of your home, which reduces your air conditioning costs. Solar attic fans lower the temperature of your attic in the summer. They can also prevent mildew by reducing moisture buildup all year round. Installing a solar-powered attic fan can qualify for a federal solar tax credit, saving you even more money.
4: Set Your Thermostat Higher
The bigger the difference between your home’s indoor temperature and the temperature outside, the higher your electric bill will be. In fact, your air conditioner can only make your home 20 degrees cooler than the outside temperature. If your thermostat setting is more than 20 degrees cooler than the outdoor air, your A/C will run more frequently in an attempt to reach that unattainable target temperature.
To avoid putting stress on your A/C and reduce your electric bills, set your thermostat to 78 degrees when you’re home, and higher when your home is empty. If you can’t get comfortable at that temperature, the lowest recommended thermostat setting for summer is 72 degrees. However, when temperatures reach the 100s outside, setting your thermostat to 72 degrees won’t cool your home any better than 78 degrees—it will only result in a higher electric bill.
5: Turn Off Fans When You Leave the Room
Ceiling, box, and oscillating fans cool you down by creating a windchill effect, but they don’t actually lower the room temperature. If you’re not in the room when your fan is running, all it is really doing is blowing air around and increasing your electric bills. Make sure to turn off or unplug fans whenever you leave the room to save energy.
6: Seal your Home
Insulating and sealing your home will keep hot summer air out of your home and help it stay cooler. Caulking and weatherstripping your windows and doors also help prevent cool indoor air from escaping. If you want to improve your home’s energy efficiency even more, try air sealing your attic.
Energy Saving Services in Sacramento
At Energy Saving Pros, we’re dedicated to helping our neighbors in Sacramento and the surrounding areas improve the comfort and energy efficiency of their homes. If you have questions about our summer energy saving tips, are interested in solar solutions, or need HVAC maintenance, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Give us a call at 916-259-2501 to speak with one of our energy advisors and get a free quote today.