Energy Saving at Home


Summer presents some of the major challenges to energy saving at home. Windows, insulation, and many lifestyle changes will help you with your energy saving at home efforts, and help you save money while living more comfortably. These ten tips are a great start.

Energy Saving Tip # 81

Living in warmer climate areas presents a very good opportunity to replace older windows with newer, energy saving, high performance windows.  First, look for double glazing, then glass that is coated to keep the heat from the sun out while letting in the light.  In colder weather, these coatings work in reverse to keep the heat in.

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Energy Saving Tip # 82

By all means, replace your older air conditioner with a new energy efficient model. Look for the ENERGY STAR® label and find the most efficient unit using the EnergyGuide label. You may be able to cut as much as 50% from the cooling portion of your electric bill.

Energy Saving Tip # 83

As it does in cooler weather, proper insulation and sealing air leaks will help keep your cool air inside and keep your energy costs down.

Energy Saving Tip # 84

Landscaping is important during the summer also.  Position trees and shrubs to shade your air conditioning units... but don’t block the air flow through the unit. Room or window air conditioners should be placed in shady windows – they won’t have to work as hard there to keep you cool and this will save you money.

Energy Saving Tip # 85

Warmth from television sets or lamps can affect your thermostat, so keep them separated as far as practical.  That added warmth will keep air conditioners running longer than they need to keep you cool. (Keep this in mind during cooler weather also.  The heat from lamps or TVs will make your thermostat think the room is warm – when it is not.)

Energy Saving Tip # 86

A portable fan placed away from your window air conditioner or A/C vent may move cooler air to other parts of the house so your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard.

Energy Saving Tip # 87

Coming home from work on a warm day?  Don’t set the air conditioning at a cooler than normal temperature when you turn on it on. It won’t cool your house any faster and may result in excessive cooling and, therefore, unnecessary expense. Better solution; an automatic thermostat will lower – or raise – the temperature just before you come home from work so the house is comfortable when you walk in the door. Get a “double setback” thermostat, and it will automatically control the temperature with setbacks for when you are sleeping and when you are at work.  Double savings!

Energy Saving Tip # 88

In warmer weather, raise the setting of your thermostat to the highest comfortable level all summer long. This lessens the shock to your body coming in out of the hot outdoors, so you will be healthier, and a smaller difference between inside and outside temperatures will cost you less to maintain.

Energy Saving Tip # 89

Fans that draw outside air through the whole house will cool your home by pulling cool air through the house while exhausting the warm inside air out through the attic. Turn them on at night to cool the house with cooler nighttime air, and turn them off during the day.

Energy Saving Tip # 90

When buying air conditioners, you want high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) ratings. You want at least a 13 SEER for home wide central air conditioners.

Energy Saving Tip # 91

In warmer weather, close shades and curtains during the day.  This reduces solar heat gain throughout the day.

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