Although the Southern California summer weather makes your artificial turf look alluring, the temperatures can heat up, making it convenient to have an efficient air cooling equipment. Maintaining the ideal temperature for your home can, however, get quite costly as most solutions run on electricity. If your energy bill hits the roof every summer, do not fret. The following are ten easy ways to save on your electric bill this summer.
Inspect and clean the air conditioner
One of the reasons your energy bill goes up could be due to a faulty air conditioner. If the equipment has dust, inefficient air filters, or dirty condenser coils, it will have to work harder just to regulate the room temperature. The extra work means more energy consumption and subsequently a higher energy bill. Enlisting the services of a reputable technician to inspect and clean the cooling equipment will go a long way in ensuring a suitable and affordable air cooling solution for your home.
Get a programmable thermostat
There is no need to burden your AC equipment. Get a programmable thermostat and set it in a manner that it only cools the room when people are in the house. Be careful not to shut the device off completely, since doing so means it will have to work harder when you switch it back on.
Do not set the air conditioner too low
It is quite common for homeowners to set the air con at very low temperatures in an attempt to calm the room. While the solution works, it often leads to higher energy consumption rates. Instead of setting it at very low levels, consider anywhere between 72 to 78 degrees. To your surprise, the room will remain comfortable and energy efficient.
Keep your windows covered
Even though the sunny summer weather offers a magnificent view of your artificial turf, the heat can make your home humid and hot. Save your air conditioner the excess task of cooling your home by keeping the windows covered. Identify the windows that receive the most sun, and use blinds or curtains to cover them. A novel alternative solution is to install energy-efficient replacement windows and doors to make your home more energy proficient.
Consider installing an energy-saving green roof
Though the initial cost of buying and placing an energy-saving green roof and fan might seem involving, its benefits make it a worthwhile investment. It drastically cuts your energy bills. The fan acts as a hot air exhaust. It sucks the hot air from your home and drives it out of the building through the attic. It eliminates the use of air conditioning equipment as well as the inconvenience of closing the windows. At I.C.E., we use the latest and most energy efficient roofing materials by leading manufacturers like GAF®.
Trees just like the artificial turf make the lawn pleasant and welcoming. Even though trees take much longer to grow, they are still an ideal solution for keeping your house cooling needs affordable. The trees cast their shadows onto your home, and the AC unit as well, making the room cooler.
Change to CFLs or LEDs
CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lights) and LED lights are great energy savers, with an average staying power of up to seven years or more. After installing them in your house, you do not have to worry incessantly about the energy bills skyrocketing. Since replacing all the bulbs in the house at once might be costly, consider replacing the bulbs one by one after they burn out or break.
Maximize on the longer sunny days
In summer, daytimes are usually longer than the nights. Often, it does not get dark until around seven or eight pm. Instead of turning on the light earlier, take advantage of the sun’s natural light.
Make use of the basement
If your home has a spacious basement, summer would be the perfect opportunity for you to make it useful. Consider spending more time in the basement as it is much cooler in comparison to the other rooms. You can, therefore, turn off the cooling equipment or set it up at much higher temperatures hence saving on energy consumption.
Give your dryer a break
Since the weather is humid, instead of tumble drying your laundry, consider hanging them out on a rack or cloth line to dry. Not only will your garments feel fresh from the natural sunny air, but you will end up cutting your energy bills and saving some money.
By following these simple tips, you can easily make an impact on your electric bill. Did you know that here at I.C.E. we can do an energy efficiency audit on your home? Our team will come out and take specific measurements to determine what changes to your home would have the greatest impact on efficiency. It’s fun and easy to setup an analysis! Just contact us today and setup an appointment. We look forward to speaking with you!