10 Cooling Tips For Summer – Part 1
For most Floridians, your AC is the largest consumer of energy in the home. In fact, during the summer months, it works overtime to keep us cool from the rising temperatures. As a result, we typically experience a seasonal spike in our electric bills. Therefore, to help you save money, check out these 10 cooling tips for the summer.
Set Your Thermostat To 78°F Or Higher
This setting, or higher, will help to maximize energy savings. Therefore, be sure to set the fan mode to “Auto”.
For every degree above 78, you can save up to 10% on cooling costs. In addition, you could also save about $300 in annual energy costs if you set your thermostat to the recommended temperature year-round. For even more savings, raise your thermostat to 82° F or higher when you leave.
Lower Water Heater Temperature by -10°F
Lowering the water heater by 10° is typically unnoticeable; yet can result in significant savings.
When you leave town, turn it off. Most models will reheat the water to your set temperature in about an hour, upon return.
Replace The AC Filter Regularly
Replacing your filters regularly keeps your AC operating efficiently. Therefore, for those of us in SW Florida, we recommend changing your filter every 3 months in the summer.
Use Your Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans are an ideal solution to making you feel several degrees cooler without lowering the temperature in the room.
As a result, you will save energy as ceiling fans use a fraction of the energy expended by your AC. So, when you adjust your clocks to spring forward, rotate your ceiling fans counterclockwise for optimum performance.
Clean Your Dryer Lint Filter
Your dryer operates more efficiently and dries your clothes quicker when lint is removed from the filter before every load.
Use The Auto Sensor Function On Your Dryer
The sensor will keep tabs on when your clothes are dry and turn the dryer off automatically.
As a result, you conserve energy and your clothes remain in good shape.
Close Your Blinds
Don’t let your AC do all the heavy lifting. Keep your blinds closed and curtains drawn.
As a result, you can save up to 10% on your electric bill and keep your house cooler by 20 degrees.
Turn Off The Lights
In addition to turning lights off when you leave the room, consider using natural light alone during the day.
Upgrade Your Windows
Impact/energy efficient windows are standard with most new home builders in Florida.
If you have an older home, upgrading your windows is safer, will help conserve energy, and contribute to a higher resale value.
Keep Interior Doors Open
By keeping doors open, you are allowing air to circulate efficiently, which eliminates hot spots and regulates the temperature within your home.
Consequently, you can save a significant amount of money.
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