If you’re like most homeowners who have gone solar, you appreciate the opportunity to save a few dollars. Maximizing your home’s efficiency not only helps the environment, it also shortens the time it takes to reach the point when your home solar system has paid for itself. In other words, it increases your return on investment.
With spring just around the corner, it’s a good time to begin thinking about ways to keep your solar home cool and comfortable while maintaining energy efficiency.
Take a Close Look at Your Windows
In warm climates like Arizona, windows are the biggest source of energy loss in a home. To minimize energy waste and slash cooling costs, you may want to consider adding window coverings. Reflective window film can help block the sun and reduce heat gain. Mesh screens and insulated window panels are other options. Shades, blinds, and curtains can also help reduce energy loss.
Swap Out the Thermostat
Once temperatures hit the triple digits, it’s very tempting to crank the air conditioner. Do your best to resist that urge and set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible. Remember – you’ll reduce your energy use and cost by minimizing the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures.
A programmable thermostat can make this all easier by enabling you to preset temperature changes based on the time of the day. You may even want to consider a smart thermostat which tracks your energy use and helps you better reduce your solar energy waste.
Turn on the Fans
Air circulation is the key to remaining comfortable with the thermostat turned slightly higher. Ceiling fans provide effective, consistent cooling and can actually enable you to raise the thermostat by four degrees or more without impacting comfort.
Cool Blew Solar is your home solar expert. Call us today at 623-234-2836 to schedule an in-home, free quote, and find out how much you can save with a solar-powered home this summer.