Summer is heating up about as fast as the real estate market is here in Texas! But just because it is scorching outside doesn’t mean you need to let your electric bill skyrocket. Here are a few ways you can save money with your energy bill during these sizzling hot months.
Check your home for energy leaks.
Do you have cold air leaking out of worn out doors or unsealed windows, attic, or your chimney? You can signup for an energy audit with your local utility provider or a contract or you can do an audit yourself. Just run your hand along windows and doors to see if you can feel any cold air leaving your house. You may need to caulk around windows and add insulation around doors. For the chimney, close your chimney damper and use a chimney balloon to seal that big hole.
Proper insulation goes a long way and older homes may not have roofs or walls properly insulated. You can buy insulation at your local hardware store and by following manufacturer’s instructions it’s usually pretty simple to install yourself.
Upgrade to a smart thermostat
Smart thermostats allow you to regulate heating and cooling when you’re not home to keep your electric bill lower. You also want to make sure that your thermostat is located correctly – not next to a hot window which might cause it to turn on more than needed.
Close your blinds
Don’t let the sun in during the warmest part of the day. Keeping your blinds closed will also help to insulate around the windows to prevent cool air from leaking out.
Use a fan
Don’t discount the power of your fans! They will help save on air conditioning costs. Using a ceiling fan can move hot air out and circulate the aire to make a room feel 10 degrees cooler and it uses only a fraction of electricity of your central air conditioner (about 10%). Your fan should rotate counterclockwise during the summer and clockwise during winter months.
Raise the temperature on your thermostat to save money
Turn the thermostat up when you leave the house. The most inexpensive way to use your AC is to turn it up when you leave the house and down when you get home.
Don’t turn your thermostat low! Unless you’ve got money to throw away, set the temperature to the highest temperature you can stand. For every degree under 80 your bill will increase about 8%.
When you’re home you should aim for an indoor temperature of 78 degrees.
Now take your energy outside to consider your landscaping. Large trees and bushes help to add shade to your home and keep it cool. Creeping vines will also cover up areas and help to keep them cool. For more instant results consider potted plants, and window boxes with tall and full plants to add instant shade.
Summer-proofing your home in scorching Texas heat isn’t always easy but making a few adjustments will help keep you comfortable and you save money!
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