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Summer Home Energy Saving Tips


Spend your summer enjoying the warm weather without stressing about the high cost of cooling your home. With higher than normal temperatures predicted for the Capital Region, homeowners want to find the best ways to use less energy and keep cool this summer.

Beat the heat without increasing your energy bill:

  • Minimize indoor heat by running appliances that generate heat, like the dishwasher and clothes dryer, at night. Better yet, use the warm summer sun to air dry them.
  • Keep the heat outside by closing your blinds during the day. Thermal drapes can help keep the cold air in and will block the sun from warming your home.
  • Save money year-round by replacing your most used ligthbulbs with LEDs.
  • Installing a programmable thermostat can keep the house warmer during the day and turn cooler shortly before you get home from work. Set the temperature as high as possible. The experts at Energy Star recommend a temperature of 78 when you’re home and going as high as 80 at night or when when you’re not at home.
  • Keep your air conditioner running efficiently by scheduling tune-ups. A dirty air filter can restrict air flow and make your air conditioner work harder to cool your home. Most air filters should be replaced every month.
  • Ceiling fans use 10% of the electricity of an air conditioner and can make the room feel 10 degrees cooler. Installing them in bedrooms and common areas can go a long way towards cooling your home without the use of air conditioners.
  • Install a whole house fan – which works by sucking all of the hot air up and out of the house through the attic. In many instances, a whole house fan can be used as a replacement for air conditioning.
  • Take advantage of the summer sunshine and turn off your lights during the day and get outside!

The professionals at Mel Carr Electric are experts on home energy saving solutions. Take advantage of all the ways to decrease your energy bill and cool your home more efficiently. Call today so you can relax this summer!

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