Summer Energy Saving Tips that Can Save Your Wallet Too

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Did you know that the air conditioner is the biggest user of electricity during hot summer months? Being cool is costly, and for many homes, it accounts for more than half of the summer utility bill.

The good news is that you can beat the summer heat without emptying your wallet.  The following tips can keep you feeling cool and calm about the heat and your energy bills this summer.

Automate your thermostat
An easy way to control costs is to set your thermostat and leave it there.  Consider a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts your home’s temperature to your schedule, so you’re comfortable when at home and save energy while you’re at work or away for long periods of time. 

Order takeout
The sizzling summer heat is a great reason to order takeout, grill outdoors or use your microwave. That’s because using the oven generates a lot of heat in the rest of the house, making your air conditioner work harder and longer to cool it down. 

Buy energy efficient appliances  
Replace old appliances with new, energy efficient Energy Star appliances, and you can potentially save hundreds of dollars each year in energy costs.

Block out the hot sun
During the daytime when the sun is at its hottest, keep your window treatments closed to keep the sun from heating your home.  This will make it easier for your air conditioner to maintain a cooler temperature throughout the house.

Clean dirty filters
A dirty air conditioning filter will reduce energy efficiency by restricting normal air flow. Give your filter a cleaning regularly to maximize your unit’s cooling potential and performance.

Keep your air conditioner serviced
Don’t wait until something goes wrong to have your air conditioner inspected by a professional.  Like a car, your AC unit needs regular tune-ups to keep running properly year after year. Experts recommend having your air conditioner serviced once a year to look for potential problems such as rust, which can disrupt efficiency.

When the summer heat is up so is the air conditioner, but don’t let that drain your wallet. Follow these helpful energy-saving tips, and you’ll be happier when the bill comes each month!

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