How to Save Money on your Energy Bill this Summer

With the summer months of South Carolina upon us, the sun is out in all its glory, as well as its intense heat!  I’m always looking for ways to help lower our energy bill, especially during air conditioning months.  Here is a list of inexpensive ideas to help you in the months ahead as we enjoy the sunshine without dreading the energy bills.

Electronics:

One fact you may not be aware of is that even when your electronics (Computer, TV, Printer etc.) are turned off they still use power.  According to the US Department of Energy, standby power can account for up to 20% of energy in a home. So flip off the power strip that they are attached to when they are not in use and save money!

Windows:

If you are in the market for new windows-look for windows with double glazing and coatings that reduce heat gain.  The warm and cold air that can escape through your windows can account for 10-25% of your heating bill. 

Couple of tips for your existing windows…

  • Install white window shades, drapes or blinds to reflect heat away from your home.
  • Close curtains on the south and west facing windows during the day to prevent extra warmth from the sun’s rays.

HVAC:

Half of the energy used in your home is applied to heating and cooling. In the south, that largely translates to cooling!  Couple of things to help ensure that your A/C system is running smoothly:

  • Change your air filter regularly – if it looks dirty after a month, change it. A dirty filter will slow down the air flow and make the system work harder and waste energy. 
  • Install a Programmable Thermostat – According to www.energystar.gov, this type of thermostat can save you about $150 every year in energy costs.  During the summer months-keep your thermostat at 78-80 degrees. For every degree above 78, you’ll save 6-8% on your cooling costs.
  • Ceiling Fans – Most of us have these in our homes, but don’t realize that they can make us feel a full four degrees cooler and cost less than a penny or so per hour to run. 

I hope that you and your family enjoy the summer months and stay cool.  See you at the beach or the pool!

For more ideas visit:

www.energystar.gov

www.energy.gov

If it’s time to consider a move from your current home to one that is more energy efficient, let me know and I will point you towards some specifically green communities. Foster@HomesofSummerville.com.  

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