Summers can be downright sizzling throughout the greater Phoenix area. Even with the cooler temperatures we’ve had this spring, triple-digit temperatures are an inevitability that require some planning – especially for homeowners who are concerned about sustainability and their carbon footprint.
Installing a solar system to eliminate dependency on utility power is one of the most effective ways to slash your summer energy usage. But, there’s more that you can do which can increase your savings. The following are some summer tips that can help you beat the heat without breaking the bank.
- Get an Air Conditioner Tune Up – If you haven’t already, schedule your annual maintenance service for your air conditioner. With regular service, your system will be more efficient and immune to sudden summertime breakdowns.
- Block out the Sun – Keep curtains, shades and blinds drawn on sun-facing windows to keep your home cooler during the daytime hours.
- Use Your Ceiling Fans – According to the Department of Energy, fans can enable you to raise your thermostat by four degrees without any reduction in comfort. To optimize your fans for summer, turn them counterclockwise and don’t leave them running in empty rooms.
- Install a Smart Thermostat – The latest thermostats, controlled with the tap of a smartphone, can help you better manage the temperature in your home. They also learn your consumption habits to anticipate your home comfort needs.
- Avoid the Oven – Take advantage of al fresco cooking in the summer and keep your home cooler in the process. By not using your stovetop and oven, you can avoid generating extra heat which causes your air conditioner to work harder.
- Replace Light Bulbs – If you haven’t already, replace traditional lightbulbs with LED lighting. They not only stay cooler to the touch, they use dramatically less electricity than incandescent and fluorescent bulbs.
- Minimize Use of Other Heat-Generating Appliances – Clothes dryers, dishwashers and hairdryers can heat up a room quickly. Consider using these appliances after dark to minimize the work of your air conditioner.