Tips For Reducing Energy Costs; Including With Solar Power
As summer approaches, you start dreading the higher electric bills that will result from trying to keep your home cooler. However, there are steps you can start taking now to cut your energy consumption this summer and take a break from high-energy bills this summer. You can choose which of the five tips you are going to follow or use them all and install solar power panels to get the most savings.
Block the light
Blackout blinds and curtains can keep the sun from shining into your windows. Sunshine through your windows can heat up your house 10-20 degrees warmer. Window film applied by professionals or even the do yourself type can allow you to look through your windows and get light while additionally reducing radiant heat.
Change your landscaping
If you are planning on doing any spring or summer landscaping, take a few minutes to see how it will affect your house. Trees on the southwest and west side of your home can reduce the hot afternoon heat. If you live in warm climate, you may want to plant shady trees on the east side of your home too, to help block the morning sunlight.
Raise the thermostat
Setting your thermostat a few degrees higher can save up to 3 percent for each degree it is raised on your energy bill every summer. You can be comfortable in the summer keeping your thermostat between 75 and 78 degrees when you are home and raising it to 85 degrees when you are gone for the day.
Time your peak electric usage
Electrical usages peak for most people between 4 to 6 p.m. Avoiding using your washer, dryer or dishwasher between these times to help save energy and prevent blackouts. Turn off lights when you are not using them, and unplug your chargers and electronics when you are not using them.
Check your windows
Leaks between your windows will suck out your cool air and let in hot air, increasing the work your air conditioner has to do to keep your house comfortable. Use weather-strips along the side of doors and windows. Seal the edges of windows that you do not have to open. Another easy way to help lower your electric bill every month year around is by installing solar panels, especially with Califorina’s sunny weather. For more information on saving money and using solar power contact us anytime.