5 Tips to Save Money on Your Summer Electric Bill
It gets very hot in North Texas over the summer, which can lead to some pretty hefty energy bills from May through September. It’s what we’re used to here in Dallas-Fort Worth, but it doesn’t have to be that way! This summer, Kosmos Solar wants to help you trim your energy bill with the following tips:
1). Make Sure Your HVAC System is Clean and Sealed
Your air ducts and vents rely on an uninterrupted air flow to carry cool air throughout your home. If they are not regularly cleaned and inspected, dust and dirt can build up and partially block your ducts and ventilation. This makes it take longer to get your rooms to the desired temperature, if they can get that cool at all. Your air conditioner will stay on longer and work harder trying to provide the same cooling effect it once did. This results in higher energy use, higher bills, and possibly the overheating and breakdown of your unit.
Cracks and holes in your ventilation system can cause the same problems. As air flow is lost through the holes, your unit will work harder to compensate. Overheating is a definite possibility in this situation.
To avoid these problems, have an HVAC professional come out and inspect your ducts, vents, and air conditioner. Have them clean the system if necessary. It’s much cheaper to prevent problems than it is to fix them later, and having a more efficient system will save you money each month.
2). Upgrade to Energy Star Appliances
The Energy Star is a designation given by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to appliances and products that meet the high energy-efficiency standards set by the U.S. government to reduce greenhouse emissions. These products give you a greener home and can save you money.
An Energy Star certified air conditioning unit uses about 15% less energy than models without the Energy Star accolade. That 15% could save you around $85 over the unit’s lifetime. To learn more about Energy Star savings and to find an installer in your area, visit energystar.gov.
3). Use a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat can go a long way to save you money and electricity during the hot summer months. You can set the thermostat to maintain one temperature when the house is inhabited, and another during the cooler nighttime hours or hours when no one is home. During those hours, the thermostat will adjust the temperature of your home as you programmed it to.
This takes away the need to constantly adjust your thermostat and the risk of opening your front door and being hit by a heat wave when you come home for the day. By setting the temperature higher when the house is empty, you can save quite a bit on your summer energy bills.
4). Use Shade and Ventilation
The more shade your home has during the summer, the easier it will be to keep it cool. Shade trees help from the outside, and thick drapes and blinds help from the inside. Keep them drawn, especially during the day when the temperatures are highest. Blocking out the sun with shades can lower your interior temperature by 40-45%, taking some of the burden off of your air conditioner.
At night, having a ceiling fan going and your window open can also help reduce the cost of cooling your house. Fans can cool the incoming air and circulate it throughout your home, and they are less expensive to run than your air conditioner.
5). Go Green with Solar Panels
Solar panels convert the sun’s rays into usable electricity for your home. The extra energy your home generates during the day is sent to the power grid in exchange for credits. You can use those credits to power your home at night or during heavily overcast days.
If you’d like a free consultation and estimate for the installation of solar panels, call Kosmos Energy today! We will teach you about all your available options and how solar energy can save you money over the summer and all year long.