June 18, 2018
Are your summertime electricity bills astronomical? Check out some of our creative ways to trim your bill in the summer and throughout the entire year!
- Plant trees
If your home has west-facing windows, you’re likely getting loads of sunlight each afternoon. Your AC unit has to work harder to manage all of the heat coming in. Lower your energy consumption by planting trees or large shrubs in front of some of those windows.
- Rethink your roof
By installing a sunlight-reflecting “cool roof,” you can reduce your roof’s temperature by up to 60 degrees. This can trim your air conditioner use by as much as 20%.
- Lighten up
Replace your light bulbs! By swapping out just five incandescent light bulbs in a high-traffic area of your home to CFL or LED bulbs, you can save $65 on annual energy costs.
- Pull out the plug
Up to 75% of energy consumption by home electronics happens when they’re turned off. Save big by pulling out the plugs when you’re done with your electronics.
- Get smart!
By installing a smart thermostat, your home will be programmed to cool off at exactly the times you need.
- Fire up the grill
An oven cranked up to the standard 350° makes your AC unit work harder. Use your grill for dinner prep. You’ll keep the heat out and enjoy the sunshine at the same time!