Tips for Summer
We all know electric bills tend to soar in the summer heat, so we’re offering a list of ways to lower your electric bill.
These Tips Include:
Be Aware of Thermostat Settings
- Cooling costs can account for 50% or more of your summer electric bill. Set your thermostat at 78 degrees instead of 72 degrees; this can cut a $100 electric bill by 25%. Installing a programmable thermostat can keep your house at optimal comfort levels and help lower utility bills.
Keep Your Outdoor Unit Clean
- Grass clippings, leaves and other air flow restrictions around your outdoor unit can cause it to work harder, and use more electricity.
Block Out The Sun
- Bright sunlight can increase cooling costs by up to 30%. Keep blinds/drapes closed to block out 70% of the heat and 99% of harmful UV rays.
Change Your Air Filter
- A clean air filter allows maximum air flow to be delivered; this improves overall efficiency of the unit and helps prevent coil ice-ups.
Consider a New System
- If your old system is more than 10 years old, chances are it has a 10 SEER or lower rating. Depending on your usage, it may not take long for a new, high-efficiency unit to pay for itself with energy savings.