We’re finally here, the worst of Winter is over and Spring has pretty much sprung. If you’re like other Delaware Valley residents, you can’t wait to finally be able to spend some time outside without having your fingertips go numb after a few minutes. Sleep with the windows open, take a walk in a park, drive with the top down, take a dip in the pool, enjoy everything these mild and enjoyable temperatures have to offer, because in a few short months we’ll be back to sticking to car seats and sweating through clothes just standing still.
Summer can be the most expensive time of the year utility-wise. In the past few years, Summers have been warmer than usual, and homeowners have seen a spike in the cost of keeping their homes cool. Everyone deserves to be comfortable in their living space. They should be able to do so without breaking the bank or having to choose to stay cool over other important expenses. So how can you save on cooling costs?
● Thermostat- If you have a learning thermostat, it can automatically adjust the temperature in your home according to your typical cooling behaviors. You can also tell it to shut off remotely. If you haven’t upgraded to a learning thermostat yet, you can still use the one you have now much more effectively. By shutting it off when you leave the house, you can reduce your monthly cooling costs instead of paying to keep any empty home cool.
● Lights- Lights aren’t perfectly efficient. Incandescent light bulbs are notorious for producing heat, but fluorescent bulbs still warm space. By turning off lights, especially when you don’t need them, your AC won’t have to work as hard to keep the temperatures in check.
● Keep Cooking to A Minimum- Summer is the least appropriate time of the year to cook lasagna. It shouldn’t be a surprise that using a controlled flame in your home causes heat, despite this plenty of people still decide to cook labor and utility intensive meals during the daylight hours. If you can use less lighting during the evening hours and especially during the daytime, it can have an impact on your heating bills.
Following these three tips can have a substantial effect on your cooling costs through the “dog days” of summer. The most effective way, however, to reduce the workload on an air conditioning unit and your pocket is to contact Energy Services Group.