5 Ways to Save Energy in Summer
The summer heat wave is about to descend upon Seattle next month, and it tends to bring higher energy bills along with it. Keeping your home cool can get expensive, but it doesn’t have to break the bank.
At Blue Flame, we are always eager to help our customers save money and save energy. Doing your part to help reduce carbon emissions can have a positive impact on your wallet! Here are five ways to save energy in summer from our team of technicians.
1. Adjust your thermostat.
The number one way to lower what you pay is to raise the temperature on your thermostat. The cooler you need your home to be, the harder your AC has to work and the more energy it will use. Try to keep your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher while you are at home. Program it to an even higher temperature for times when nobody is in the house. If 78 degrees sounds a little bit too warm, keep reading for more solutions that will make raising the temp a lot more bearable.
2. Use ceiling fans or box fans.
If you have ceilings fans in your home, you are probably already aware of how much cool comfort they can provide while using a fraction of the energy. Using ceilings fans can help you to rely less on your thermostat and AC.
If you don’t have any ceiling fans at home, consider installing some in frequently used rooms like the living room or master bedroom. For a budget-friendly option, you can pick up a box fan at your local department store.
3. Close your blinds or curtains.
In rooms where window light isn’t necessary or at times when nobody is at home, keep your windows covered. If your blinds or curtains block the direct sunlight, your rooms can maintain a much lower temperature.
4. Grill food outside.
One of the most effective ways to save energy in summer is also one of the most delicious! To avoid using your oven, cook outside on a grill. This will keep your kitchen cool and supply your family with lots of grilled goodies to celebrate the season.
5. Unplug unused electronics.
Second only to cranking up the AC, one of the worst energy wasters in most homes is unused electronics. While your phone charger, computer, curling iron, or radio is plugged in, it is drawing energy from your electrical panel. This happens all day long, even when your electronics are not in use.
To cut back on energy waste, try plugging in a few key smaller appliances to a power strip. Then you only have to remember to flip the switch or unplug it from the wall to turn off all of the appliances at once.
We hope these ways to save energy in summer help you lower your utility bills.
If you are still struggling with high energy bills no matter what you try, it might be time to upgrade to a more efficient HVAC system. Give us a call at Blue Flame for more information about HVAC repair or replacement.
At Blue Flame, we are committed to an exceptional and eco-friendly experience every time you use our heating, air conditioning, and electrical services. Call us at (206) 388-5667 and speak to a member of our team.