For many people, the expectation is that summer will mean even higher energy costs. On the one hand, it makes sense.
- We turn up the air conditioner to cool down.
- Everyone is home all day so electronics are on all the time.
- We use the washing machine all the time to clean pool towels and muddy clothes.
The warm weather may come with a price - but only for those who haven't yet learned how to handle it.
With just a little preparation, you can manage your energy use wisely and cut down on your energy bills at the same time. To help you get started, here are three tips on how to save money this summer and use less energy.
1. Be smart with Your Thermostat
Sure, it feels good to blast the AC after a long day of work.
However, what won't feel so good this summer is when you see your utility bill arrive at the end of the month. The AC uses a lot of energy, especally if you are setting the temperature to seriously cool numbers.
Did you know?
For every degree you raise your thermostat above 72º, you will actually save up to 3% on your utility bill.
So, is it really neccessary to be as cold as your body can take? Or, perhaps you can raise the remperature to a more comfortable setting that keeps you cool but not cold. Also, this is much better for your health because leaving a cold house and entering the strong summer heat can really mess with your heart.
If you're not home, set the temprature even higher, or even turn it off altogether if it's not too hot outside. There's no reason to waste energy if no one is in the house to feel it.
2. Use Fans to Help You Control the Temperature
There are many reason why using fans is beneficial for the energy efficiency of your home:
- Ceiling fans can cool the air of the entire room and use far less energy than an AC.
- Portable fans are cheap. You can place one in each major room of the house to keep the breeze going.
- A fan will allow you to raise your thermostat by 4º while still keeping the same level of comfort.
This quick and inexpensive purchase can really help to keep the temperature in your house comfortable while saving you money on your energy bills.
3. Use LED Lighting
Did you see this one coming? Maybe not.
Many people use curtains to block out the sun from heating up the inside of their house. However, this also means that they have to turn on more lights in the house to be able to see.
Here's the problem: incandescent light bulbs actually convert 90% of the energy they use into heat!
On the one hand, you're trying to block out the heat from the sun, but on the other hand, your raising the temperature anyway because of light bulbs that waste energy.
Luckily, you can fix this problem by replacing incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs. They operate at a much lower wattage and produce only half as much of heat. Because they use 75% less energy than traditional light bulbs, you will save plenty of money on electricity bills.
Would You Liked LED Bulbs at No Cost?
Of course! We all love a good deal.
Neeeco is a proud partner of the Mass Save program, which will help you to receive a huge range of no-cost incentives that will increase your energy savings and reduce your bills.
LED light bulbs are part of the Mass Save® Program incentives, however, this incentive will expire at the end of 2021 - so make use of it now!
To get started, contact us for your no-cost virtual home energy assessment. If you or your business are eligible, you could receive an incentive to replace conventional light bulbs with LED ones at no cost for the summer.
Saving energy and reducing bills have strong ecological benefits, and will also help your home or business function with lower bills and less stress.