5 Summer Energy Saving Tips
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During summer season, the hot temperatures can lead to an increase in electricity usage as you and your family try to stay cool. If you want to prevent a major spike in your energy bill, check out these summer energy saving tips by the pros at Roman Electric. This way, you can lower your electricity bill without sacrificing comfort!
1. Try This Trick with Your Thermostat
According to the Department of Energy, you can save up to 10% on cooling per year by turning up your thermostat 7-10 degrees higher for 8 hours a day. Try this trick on your thermostat and see if you notice on a difference on next month’s energy bill! Keep in mind, that this technique is best tried out using programmable thermostats because they allow daily and weekly temperature scheduling.
2. Switch to LEDs
Another way to save up on your electricity bill during any time of the year is to switch your lights to LEDs. These light bulbs are the most energy-efficient on the market—they use 75% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and can last 25 times longer. Plus, they don’t radiate heat, making them safer to use and touch.
3. Seal Up Your Home
Having proper insulation and air sealing in your home can save you 20% on your heating and cooling costs and 10% on overall energy costs. That’s why it’s important you inspect your home for any insulation gaps or air leaks. While insulation inspections should be handled by a professional, you can easily inspect for air leaks on your own. Make sure you look around your doors and windows as these are the most common air leak spots. If you notice the caulking or weatherstripping is wearing out, make sure to re-caulk any cracks and gaps and get new weatherstripping material from your nearest home improvement store.
4. Change Your Air Filter
Changing your air filter not only improves your air conditioner’s performance but also reduces its energy consumption by 5 to 15%. Changing your filter only takes a few minutes but can make a world of difference. Ideally, you should change it once every three months.
Some appliances when left plugged in, even if they are not use, can use energy. This can unnecessarily add to your energy bill. So, make sure you unplug your coffee maker, hair dryer or laptop charger after you are done using them—this can save you up to $100 a year!
Want More Energy Saving Tips? Get in Touch with The Pros at Roman Electric!
Whether you want more energy saving tips for the summer, or need plumbing, electric or HVAC services, the pros at Roman Electric are here to help. Call us today at 414-771-5400 or schedule a service with us on our website! Our team of experts would be more than happy to assist you and provide the high-quality service that you need.