These Summer Energy Saving Tips Will Keep Your Home Cool As A Cucumber
If you call Arizona home during the summer months, you know there are two facts of life you simply cannot deny: 1. It’s as hot as blue blazes. 2. It’s going to be as hot as blue blazes until further notice. Of course, some will try to downplay how unrelentingly hot it is in these parts by pointing out that at least it’s a dry heat. And to those people, we say this: You know what else is a dry heat? Fire – fire’s a dry heat.
Now, while it’s true you certainly can’t avoid the heat of summer here in The Grand Canyon State, there are some tips you can follow that can actually help you beat it into submission. Tips that will not only help to keep you cooler but will also help keep your energy costs down. They include the following:
Be sure to clean or change your AC filter often
Makes sense, right? Dirty air filters slow airflow down and cause your system to use more energy, which in turn results in higher energy costs. Conversely, a clean filter allows your system to perform much more efficiently, reducing energy costs. Most filters can easily be pulled out and replaced. Some can even be cleaned off with a garden hose and re-used.
Get your HVAC system serviced by a qualified technician
This is something every Arizona homeowner needs to know. Hiring a licensed, professional, qualified HVAC service technician to service and maintain your cooling system annually is a simple step you can take that can nip small problems in the bud before they become big problems that could result in expensive repair bills and higher energy costs. And nobody wants that.
Remember to program your thermostat
This one seems simple enough, right? But did you know, installing and setting a programmable thermostat can save you up to 10 percent per year on your overall heating and cooling costs? True story. Also true? Setting your system for one temperature when you’re at home and another when you’re away is another simple way to reduce energy costs even more.
Use ceiling fans to keep your home cool
Ceiling fans are a great way to reduce energy costs while using hardly any energy in the process. Keeping your thermostat at 78-80 degrees and cooling your home with ceiling fans can lower your monthly electricity bills substantially without sacrificing your overall comfort. Reversing your ceiling fan blades to run counter-clockwise in summer is another smart way to lower your energy bills and can decrease the room temperature by four degrees. See your fan’s owner’s manual to perform this action safely.
Make solar panels part of your home improvement plans
Solar panels use energy generated from the sun, not your local utility company – which means no expensive monthly electricity bills for you. Plus, whatever electricity you have leftover is stored in your home battery for even more savings. So, how much can you expect to save? Solar panels can reduce your electricity bill by as much as eight times. And since they’re a renewable green energy source, they will greatly reduce your carbon footprint. And who doesn’t like that?
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