Save On Your Energy BillsAs summer approaches, many homeowners are thankful to say goodbye to the cooler months of winter but bring an inevitable spike in energy bills—that is, unless you can avoid it. Keep reading for four ideas to help you cut back on your energy bills in the coming summer months.
1. Turn on the FanMake the most of your cool air by creating your own. Turn on your ceiling fans to ensure that your cool air is circulating as much as possible. Similarly, if you need it to be cooler, plug in some box fans. These box fans will make any room instantly cooler, without you having to drop the temperature on your air conditioning. In many cases, you can use your fans in place of the air conditioning together.
2. Limit Oven UseIf you use your oven on a regular basis, you may want to consider some alternative cooking options during the hottest days of the year. Running your oven will make it that much hotter in your home, making it harder for your air conditioner to do its job. Limit your oven use by opting for meals that use the stove or don’t require heat at all. If you’re planning to cook a large meal, consider firing up your barbecue grill outside to cut your energy bills this summer.
3. Use a Programmable ThermostatAir conditioning systems aren't inherent money wasters. With a properly maintained HVAC, you can stay cool this summer without breaking the bank. By installing a programmable thermostat, you’ll be able to cut costs with HVAC tips like adjusting the temperature to allow the air conditioning to turn off when no one is home. Similarly, some air conditioning systems can detect when the homeowner is home or not, making it easier to avoid an unnecessary spike in the energy bill. Need assistance installing a programmable thermostat? Contact an HVAC professional at Ductworks Heating & Air to help ready your home for summer.
4. Avoid Peak HoursIn the summer, peak hours matter. Utility companies tend to raise their rates at the hottest times of the day, so keep this in mind when trying to lower your bill. Anytime before 11 a.m. and after 7 p.m. are your golden hours for your utility rates. Instead of washing your dishes or clothes as you see fit, plan ahead and stick to the off-peak hours. The better prepared you are for summer, the more you can save on your electric bill. Be sure to apply these four ideas to your home maintenance routine as you ready yourself for the hottest days of the year. Contact a DuctWorks HVAC professional today at (763) 225-2729 to learn more about how you can optimize your HVAC for the summer.