Tips to Save Energy During the Summer

The Florida summer is definitely here, and with it comes a push for Floridians to save energy. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average household spends $405 on electricity during the summer. However, cooling down your home doesn’t have to result in jacking up your energy bill. Although heating and cooling costs account for about 50% of the home energy budget, there are a few things you can do to save energy during the summer.

Use Fans to Feel Cooler

A ceiling fan is a great tool to use alongside your air conditioner. A ceiling fan will not actually cool the room, but you will feel approximately 4 degrees cooler. This lets you to then turn the thermostat down a few degrees.

Manage your thermostat

Paying attention to your thermostat. Your target setting should be 78 degrees during the summer and 68 degrees during the winter. Every degree you go below 78 in the summer can add 2 to 3 percent to your bill. Using programmable thermostats can help ease the burden of lowering and increasing the setting when you’re in and out of your home.

Adjust blinds and curtains

Adjusting the blinds or curtains to where they keep the sun out can also prevent heat from seeping in through the windows. Do the opposite during winter months and keep curtains or drapes open to allow for natural heat from the sun.

Changing the air conditioning filter

Regularly changing the air conditioning filter is crucial in terms of efficiency. Not changing the filter can make your unit work harder to cool your home.

Other Factors

One common factor to save energy during the summer is to get rid of the second refrigerator or freezer, especially in a space with no air conditioning, like a garage or basement. It can cost $150 a year just to run that second refrigerator. If you have a second working refrigerator and do not know what to do with it, you can sell it or have it recycled.

Checking the insulation in the attic and the energy ratings on new appliances for efficiency can help lower the cost on your bill.

Duke Energy has an online tool that can help you find how much energy your appliances use when they aren’t even being used. And, they can help you track daily energy consumption.

If you have questions about how to save energy during the summer or AC maintenance in Land O Lakes, contact us today at 813-428-6086. Leonard’s Air has been providing quality AC repair and installation for over 10 years.

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