Free Ways to Save Money This Summer
Has your electric bill skyrocketed this month? With one heatwave behind us and another sure to follow, many Southern Californians are watching their monthly expenses rising along with the temperatures. While air conditioning simply isn’t an option for many residents, there are free and low-cost ways to reduce your air conditioning costs this summer.
Fill Up the Fridge
Believe it or not, keeping your refrigerator well stocked helps you save money. Each time you open the refrigerator, cold air escapes. A full refrigerator helps to minimize the lost energy. Live alone and don’t require much? Try filling it with water bottles.
Turn Up the Thermostat
By turning up the thermostat, you can save between 1-3% for every degree above 72. When you’re home, try keeping the thermostat at 78 degrees. When you’re away, try 82-85 degrees, keeping in mind any special accommodations necessary for health concerns and pets.
Be Smart with Appliances and Electronics
Only run the dishwasher and washing machine when they’re full, and don’t overload the dryer. Use a power strip, so you can easily disconnect the power flow to your electronics, and power down your computer when it’s not in use. It’s never been so easy to save so much!
Replace Air Conditioner Filters
The easiest way to save money on your air conditioning bill is to replace your air filters. Dirty air filters make it so more energy is required to push air through. Depending on your specific system, your air filters should generally be changed at the start of every season, but it’s especially important at the beginning of the summer.
What’s the use in making cold air for your home, if it’s escaping through the cracks around your doors and windows. If you can feel a draft coming in or see light, you have found a spot where treated air is flowing outside. Don’t waste the money by trying to cool your neighborhood.
Increase Attic Insulation
If you have an attic, you know it is a gathering place for super hot air during the summer. Insulation isn’t just for cold weather. By insulating your attic, you are able to keep the cold air in your home and the hot air in the attic, without wasting any energy in the meantime.
Inspect Your HVAC Unit
A properly functioning HVAC system will be more efficient, saving you lots of money. Before the next heatwave hits the area, schedule your inspection by calling us a call at 800-994-2577.
We are happy to help in any way we can!