It’s a balancing act each summer: How do you keep the house cool without your energy bill breaking the bank? Covenant wants to help you do both. While this list is not exhaustive, it’s a great place to get started with your energy savings as the summer heat continues on.
Raise your thermostat. While no one is suggesting you need to suffer with stuffy rooms, keep your thermostat on the higher end. You’ll save 3 to 5 percent for every degree you raise your thermostat in the 70 – 80 degree range. Set your thermostat to 75 degrees or higher (as you feel comfortable), and turn your thermostat to 85 degrees or turn it off completely when leaving the house for an extended period of time. Following these rules can save you a total of 5 to 20 percent on your heating bill.
Make sure your air filters and furnace are clean. Dirty filters and furnace restrict airflow, increasing energy usage. If you aren’t sure your vents, ducts, furnace or filters are keeping up with your needs, make sure to contact us.
Lower your hot water temperature. Lowering your hot water temperature to the “normal” setting or 120 degrees (Fahrenheit) can save you between 7 and 11 percent of water heating costs.
Take advantage of fans. Keep air circulating without turning on your home unit while cooling only the rooms you’re occupying.
While you’re working so hard on cooling, make sure you eliminate areas of wasted energy. Turn off all appliances and electronics when they aren’t in use. This could also mean deactivating or getting rid of old freezers and refrigerators, which, while useful, use a lot of energy to stay cold. Make sure that windows and outer walls are not letting air escape. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows as needed.
Run your dishwasher or washing machine and dryer with full loads. Having full loads reduces your overall number of loads and conserves energy. Try to dry clothing successively because the dryer will already be warm, and wash your clothes in cold water.
Looking for more ways to save on your energy bill this summer? Check out this video by Money Talks News for more information. Have questions about your heating or air conditioning system? Need a new system or to upgrade your existing system, call us at (512) 515-6946 or get started with a free quote.