Bill Anderson

10 Smart Ways to Lower Your Electrical Bill During Summer

As the temperature rises during the scorching summer months, so does our reliance on air conditioning, fans, and other electrical appliances. Unfortunately, this increased energy consumption often leads to higher electricity bills. However, with a few simple adjustments and conscious choices, you can reduce your electrical bill and save money while still staying cool and comfortable. In this blog post, we’ll explore ten smart ways to lower your electrical bill during the summer season.

  1. Optimize your air conditioning: One of the biggest contributors to high energy bills in the summer is air conditioning. Set your thermostat at a slightly higher temperature, such as 78°F (25.5°C), which is still comfortable for most people. Use programmable or smart thermostats to adjust the temperature according to your schedule, ensuring the AC runs less when you’re away.

  2. Utilize natural ventilation: Take advantage of cool evening breezes by opening windows and using fans to circulate fresh air throughout your home. Ceiling fans are an energy-efficient alternative to air conditioners and can make a room feel up to 4 degrees cooler. Remember to turn off fans when you leave the room since they only cool people, not the space itself.

  3. Keep blinds and curtains closed: Direct sunlight can significantly heat up your home, making your air conditioning work harder. Keep blinds, curtains, or shades closed during the hottest parts of the day to prevent excess heat from entering your living space. Consider investing in light-colored, reflective window coverings to further reduce heat absorption.

  4. Practice energy-conscious cooking: Using the oven or stovetop during the summer can generate additional heat inside your home, causing your air conditioner to compensate. Opt for outdoor grilling, use a microwave, or prepare meals that require less cooking time. Additionally, ensure your kitchen is well-ventilated to avoid trapping heat.

  5. Efficiently use appliances and electronics: Unplug electronic devices and appliances when not in use. Even when turned off, many devices draw power in standby mode. Use power strips to easily switch off multiple devices simultaneously.

  6. Upgrade to energy-efficient appliances: If it’s within your budget, consider upgrading to energy-efficient appliances with the ENERGY STAR® label. Modern refrigerators, washing machines, and other household appliances are designed to consume less energy while providing the same functionality. Over time, the energy savings can outweigh the initial cost of the upgrade.

  7. Insulate and seal your home: Properly insulating your home can prevent cool air from escaping and hot air from entering. Seal any gaps around doors, windows, and air ducts to improve energy efficiency. Adding insulation to your attic and walls can also help maintain a comfortable indoor temperature while reducing the workload on your air conditioner.

  8. Use natural lighting wisely: During daylight hours, make the most of natural light by turning off unnecessary artificial lighting. Consider replacing incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LED bulbs, which consume significantly less energy and emit less heat. LED bulbs also have a longer lifespan, saving you money on replacement costs.

  9. Plant shade trees and use outdoor shading: Strategically planted shade trees around your home can provide natural shade, reducing the amount of direct sunlight that enters your house. Outdoor shading options like awnings, pergolas, or shade sails can also help block the sun’s rays, keeping your home cooler and reducing the need for excessive air conditioning.

  10. Practice energy conservation habits: Encourage your household members to be mindful of their energy consumption. Simple habits like turning off lights when leaving a room, unplugging chargers, and using power-saving modes on electronics can add up to significant savings

Call ARK Electric Heating and Cooling to schedule your AC tune up for the summer. You can reach ARK at 303-656-3689.

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