From video games and television to air conditioning and pool filtering, having the kids home during the summer is a big energy expense. If the high energy bills during these months has you concerned, you’ll be glad to know that fall is a great time to recoup summertime energy expenses. With the kids away at school, sports or other activities throughout most of the day, you’ll have the chance to cut back at home.
To help you maximize your energy savings, we’ve come up with a few tips that are easy to understand and follow. You can:
- Adjust your thermostat – You want your kids to be cool and comfortable while at home, but when they’re away there’s little reason to keep your programmable thermostat at the perfect temperature for comfort. By raising the temperature a few degrees, your air conditioner won’t need to work has hard or use as much energy.
- Unplug those electronics – Even when a device is off, it draws power from the grid when plugged into a socket. Idle, plugged-in devices can account for as much as 10 percent of energy usage in the average home.
- Darken your rooms – Sunlight entering through your home’s windows can create a greenhouse effect. You can reduce your need for air conditioning by simply closing blinds, shades and drapes when you don’t need a room to be lit.
- Use the library for homework – The house is filled with lots of entertaining distractions, so going to the library or other quiet place for homework is great for getting things done. You’re also using someone else’s lights and air conditioning, so it’s great for saving money as well.
- Schedule your maintenance – The kids going back to school is a great time to schedule your annual HVAC maintenance. With no one around using the air conditioning or heat, your HVAC contractor can ensure everything is working properly.
If you’re looking for more information on how to recoup summertime energy expenses or other issues related to home comfort, contact us at Roth Home & Cooling. We’ve provided excellent service to Portland and the surrounding areas since 1976.