|7 Summer Energy Saving Tips
Seal and insulate -
Take some time to inspect your home for air leaks and poor attic insulation. For the most thorough assessment, consider scheduling a professional energy audit in which technicians use infrared heat mapping to pinpoint your home's thermal weak spots.
Keep your vents clear -
Your air conditioner can't work efficiently if your vents are blocked by rugs or furniture. Check all of your vents to make sure they're open, free of dust and directing air toward the center of the room.
Block out the sun -
Keeping the shades or blinds drawn on sun-facing windows is essential to keeping your home cool. Some window treatments work better than others, like reflective shades, blackout drapes and honeycomb blinds.
Use ceiling and pedestal fans -
Fans allow you to raise your thermostat up to four degrees without any reduction in comfort, according to the Department of Energy. Just make sure your ceiling fans are turning counterclockwise for summer, and that you don't leave fans running in empty rooms. Fans don't cool air - just people!
Learn to love your microwave and grill -
Outdoor grilling and microwave cooking are two ways to prepare food without heating up the house. When only baking will do, consider making smaller portions you can pop in a toaster oven, or counter top convection oven.
Curb daytime use of big appliances -
Some appliances - dryers and dishwashers in particular - can put out a good deal of unwanted heat. Wait until after dark to run these and other large appliances.
Upgrade to LED light bulbs -
LED light bulbs stay cooler to the touch while drawing a fraction of the power used by incandescent and fluorescent bulbs.
Josh Crank - directenergy.com