When it comes to conserving energy in the home, there are countless ways to do so. But did you know that there is something in it for you? In addition to the satisfaction you get knowing you are doing something good for the environment, your bank account will get a little bigger and your home will look and feel better than ever. Here are 4 simple tips from us here at Apollo HVAC for conserving energy this summer.
Keep Your A/C Efficient
One of the best ways to save money on your energy bills is to install an energy-efficient air conditioning system. If your unit is more than 15 years old, getting a new one will save you money in the long run.
Look for units from reputable brands that are ENERGY STAR rated. Once installed, your new unit won’t have to work as hard to keep your home comfortable. You will definitely notice this in your monthly bill!
Automate Your Thermostat
Once you have an efficient system, save even more energy by setting your thermostat to work with your family’s schedule.
If no one is at home during the day, program the system to keep your home warmer while everyone is out and cooler by the time people are expected to return. If you have a manual thermostat, try turning it up a few degrees before leaving and turning it back down when you return. The energy savings will definitely add up.
Use Window Treatments
Everyone loves the feeling of sunlight streaming through the window on a summer day, but the hot sun can cause your A/C system to work overtime to keep your home at the correct, comfortable temperature.
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a little sunlight while you’re at home, but pull your window treatments closed when you leave to keep the sun from heating up the inside of your home. Your home will feel much cooler when you return, and your A/C won’t have to use so much unnecessary energy.
Get Yourself Outside
Especially during the summer, there are endless activities for you and your family to enjoy outside of the home. When you’re not home, your A/C won’t have to work as hard, and you won’t be using water or additional electricity (just make sure to turn off the lights when you leave!).
Take full advantage of the weather by going to the park or enjoying the local pool. Of course you’ll spend some time at home, but spending less time inside and more time in the great outdoors will help a lot with your energy bill.