When temperatures rise like they do in the summer, what also rises? Your energy statement, that’s what. In triple-digit heat, it’s tempting to switch on the air conditioning, plug in every fan in the house and veg out in front of the TV all day; the heat zaps every ounce of your energy!
What if I told you it’s possible to beat the heat AND save on energy expenses this summer? Well you can, let me show you how.
Upgrade your insulation.
Have you noticed that your house is always cold in the winter and always hot in the summer, despite using central heat and air? Your home may not have the insulation it needs to keep the rooms at a comfortable temperature. U.S. News & World Report writes that “homes often leak cool air during the summer (and warm air in the winter) because of (uninsulated) spaces in between walls.”
To safeguard your home against air leaks, insulate the empty areas with insulation or spray foam. You can save hundreds to thousands of dollars a year in energy costs simply by adding some insulation in the attic, basement and crawlspace.
Here’s an added bonus: when you make renovation upgrades to your home, including adding insulation, you can qualify for a discount on your homeowners’ insurance. Just take a look at the rates you qualify for after you make the upgrade!
Unplug appliances and electronics.
Known as ‘vampire power,’ plugged in appliances and devices that we don’t readily use on a daily basis suck up energy that we think we’re saving. In an interview with Bankrate, real estate broker Bob Hart said that a significant energy burner are these vampire appliances and devices. Because the devices are not on, users think of them as off, but that’s simply not the case.
Bankrate tells readers that the signs of a vampire appliance or device are as follows: “Anything with a clock or light that’s on when the item is turned off. Also, any kind of plugged-in charger can be a vampire appliance—whether or not it’s charging anything.”
Unplug your smartphone and laptop chargers. Disconnect the coffee maker. If you’re not using it, don’t leave it plugged in!
Program the thermostat.
You might think that keeping the air conditioning of all day and using it at night is going to save you some moola, but that’s just not true. Rather than saving energy or money, you’ll crank the AC once you get home from work to cool down the house, resulting in more energy use.
By programming your thermostat, you’ll save energy. According to A-Temp, “making a change of 1 degree can result in up to approximately 3 percent of savings in energy usage when that change is stable for at least eight hours. Energy experts recommend beginning each day at a comfortable set point with increases and decreases based on your household activities.”
Who doesn’t want to save energy and money at the same time?
Open the windows, turn off the AC (at night).
Trying to get a good night’s rest in the middle of a heat wave is darn near impossible. Getting tangled up in sweaty sheets and flipping the pillow so many times that there’s no longer a cool side is miserable, but it doesn’t have to be.
Great Eastern Energy suggests throwing open the windows right before bed to create cross-ventilation. “Like fans, opening two or more windows in a room or house will help circulate the air, and at night can bring in the cooler outside air to replace the overheated indoor air.”
The outside noises too can serve as a free white noise sound machine.
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