Want to save up some money for a summer vacation? Then don’t let high energy bills cut into your summertime budget. Here at Roth Home, we suggest these energy savings tips to make your home more efficient this summer:
- If you can’t stand the heat, don’t cook in the kitchen. Summer is the season for grilling outside, especially when you consider that cooking indoors creates a lot of heat that your air conditioner then has to remove from the house. Your indoor stove and A/C are caught in a tug-of-war, with the stove consuming energy to overcome the A/C’s cool, and the A/C consuming energy to overcome the stove’s heat. Cooking outside keeps the battle–and the heat–outside.
- Cooking with the microwave is OK, though; microwaves are very efficient, and produce almost no excess heat.
- Don’t let the sunlight in. The sun is a powerful heat source, obviously, and direct sunlight shining through windows turns a room into a greenhouse of sorts. Again, you want to keep the heat outside whenever the A/C is running. For quick and easy energy savings, close the shades. You could even invest in some blackout drapes to really prevent the sun from heating up your home’s interior.
- Turn on the ceiling fan. A ceiling fan uses little power, but creates a cooling effect of several degrees. This can keep you comfortable as you turn up the thermostat, reducing the workload on your air conditioner and earning you some energy savings.
- Turn off the ceiling fan when you leave the room, though.
- Replace the air filter in your air-conditioning system. A dirty filter can impede the flow of air, forcing your A/C to work harder.
- Only run full loads in the dishwasher, clothes washer, and clothes dryer. By running full loads, you run fewer loads, which saves energy.
- Unplug electronics when not in use. Many devices don’t fully turn “off,” but instead go into a standby mode. They may not use much electricity when on standby, but they do still drain some power if connected to an outlet. This also applies to phone and laptop chargers; they use energy when plugged into the wall socket, even if the other end is not connected to the phone or computer. Unplugging appliances can gain you some significant energy savings, particularly if you make a habit of it.
For more energy savings advice for your Oregon home, contact us at Roth Home. We’ll be happy to help.