If you’re like most people in the Wilmington area, odds are you have a love/hate relationship with summer. On one hand, you love the sunny, beach-ready weather. But, the expensive energy bills that come with it can turn even the brightest day gloomy.
While it is impossible to make drastic cuts to your energy bills in summer (unless you want to sweat all season long), there are some things you can do to help reduce your bills to more manageable levels. Here are ten easy tips from Tidewater HVAC Wilmington NC that will help you save on your summer energy bills without sacrificing comfort.
#1: Avoid Using Your Oven on Hot Days
Using your oven significantly increases your interior temperature and as such, it causes your AC to run more frequently, especially on hot, humid days. By substituting dinners made in the microwave or on the grill outside, you can keep the heat out of your home so it stays cool without putting such a strain on your HVAC system. Or, you can also opt for having something cold and refreshing for dinner, like a pasta salad or sandwiches.
#2: Replace Incandescent Bulbs With LED Bulbs
Incandescent light bulbs not only use a lot of energy, they also produce a lot of unwanted heat. You can solve both of these problems by replacing them with cooler, more energy efficient, and longer lasting LED light bulbs. LEDs do cost a little more, but their energy savings and long-lasting benefits will make them more cost-effective over time.
#3: Use Your Ceiling Fans
Using your ceiling fans won’t necessarily cool the temperature down in the home, but the moving air will make it feel cooler without having to rely on your air conditioning. Just be sure to have your fans set to rotate in a counter-clockwise direction during summer.
#4: Keep Your Drapes Closed During the Hottest Times of the Day
If the sun blasts the side of your house during the midday, then make sure you keep your drapes and window treatments closed in the effected rooms during that time of day. By blocking the sun’s rays from entering your home, you’ll keep out a lot of unwanted heat.
#5: Unplug Power Adapters When Not In Use
Power adapters, like the ones you use to charge your cell phone or tablet, are what are known as energy vampires because they suck electricity even when the devices aren’t connected to them. Plus, because they’re using electricity, they’re also producing heat. When they’re not being used to charge your devices, unplug them from the wall and you’ll save energy.
#6: Seal Your Home
Any place where cool air can seep out of the home needs to be sealed if you want to improve your energy savings. This means applying fresh caulk around drafty windows, replacing worn weather-stripping around the exterior doors, and sealing up any other cracks and crevices with spray foam insulation.
#7: Install a Programmable Thermostat
If your HVAC system is controlled by an older-style thermostat, then your home’s temperature remains static throughout the day. This means that your system will run to maintain the set temperature even when you’re not at home. By replacing your old thermostat with a new, programmable one, you can program your system at a higher temperature when you’re not at home so it doesn’t run as often.
#8: Install an Attic Vent Fan
An attic vent fan sucks the hot indoor air out of the home while bringing cooler outdoor air in. An attic fan will also expel the hot and humid air trapped inside the attic and this will also play a role in keeping the home cooler and reducing the need for the air conditioning to turn on as frequently.
#9: Plant Shade Trees in Front of Windows That Receive Direct Sunlight
This might be one of the more expensive ways to help cut your energy costs, but planting shade trees strategically so they will block direct sunlight from hitting your windows will help keep your home cooler in the summer. As a side benefit, they’ll also add beauty and curb appeal to your home.
#10: Have Your HVAC Serviced Regularly
The more efficient your HVAC system is, the lower your energy bills are going to be. This is why it is so important to have your system inspected and serviced regularly. Your HVAC technician will be able to optimize the performance of your system so when it is running, it will be running as efficiently as possible.
If it’s been a while since you had your HVAC system serviced, then having a professional technician inspect your system can help ensure your system is running as safely and efficiently as possible. Don’t spend more for your home’s cooling than you have to. Call Tidewater today at (910) 499-4755.
Tidewater is one of the leading and most trusted providers of commercial and residential HVAC Wilmington NC service. We have been serving the area and satisfying our clients for more than 42 years. If your energy bills are higher than normal, then try the above tips and call for service today.