Summertime brings vacations, spending time outside, and fun with friends and family. It also brings higher energy bills. To keep your home comfortable throughout the season, you likely have the AC running, which substantially impacts your energy consumption. While it’s important to keep your home at a reasonable temperature, especially for young children and the elderly, there are ways to cut down on your electric bill this summer. Here are five of the best ways to do so:
Swap in New Air Filters
HVAC filters prevent dirt and debris from continually flowing through your home’s ventilation system. This gives you clean, enjoyable air. However, over time the filters will become clogged, which forces your AC to work harder in order to pump out the cooler air, which increases energy consumption. Reduce energy consumption by swapping in new air filters every two to three months.
Fill in Cracks
Check around your windows and doors for cracks. Even the smallest opening results in cool air leaking out, increasing your energy bill. Fill in cracks around walls with spray foam and consider replacing the weather stripping around the doors and windows. This fix will save you money year round.
Turn Off Lights
With longer hours of sunlight, you don’t need to rely on your lights as much. So turn these off whenever possible. And if you haven’t, make sure to swap out your current bulbs for energy efficient bulbs.
Have Your HVAC Inspected
Over the course of a year (or whenever you last had the HVAC system inspected) it goes through general wear and tear. This reduces the efficiency of the system. An annual inspection ensures it runs as efficiently as possible while helping you identify problems ahead of time.
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Every dollar you save on your summer electric bill is money you can put towards vacations, gifts for the holidays, or to just keep for a rainy day. While your dependency on the home’s HVAC system will likely increase, it doesn’t mean you need to dwell on an expensive summer bill. By taking advantage of these five tips, you’ll drastically cut down your energy consumption and save money at the same time.
Edward L. Taylor Jr currently serves as a Clayton County Business Banker with Heritage Bank. With over 15 years of experience in the banking industry, Ed can provide you with the best business products and services to serve your needs now and well into the future.
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