Why should you invest in summer energy-savings tips? In the long run, you will save money on your utility bill, make your carbon footprint smaller, and the luxury of having a more comfortable and healthy home. Here are some ideas on how to save energy in your home during a hot, humid New Jersey summer.
Insulate and Seal Your Attic
People usually equate attic insulation to keeping homes warm during the winter. This is true, but when installed correctly, attic insulation can also keep heat out. The Energy Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that homeowners can save an average of 15% on heating and cooling costs (or an average of 11% on total energy costs) by air sealing their homes. Proper insulation and air sealing gaps and cracks will prevent cooler air in your conditioned space from escaping into your attic. Without proper attic insulation and air sealing, your money is literally going through the roof!
Switch to an Energy-Efficient Air Conditioner
If your air conditioner is older than 10 years, switching to a 95% energy-efficient air conditioner can reduce the amount of energy you use by 20 to 40%. It will also be ENERGY STAR® rated and uses R410A refrigerant that is eco-friendly
Maintaining Your Air Conditioner and Changing Your Filter
Old or clogged filters and aging equipment forces your HVAC system to work harder than it needs to in order to cool and heat your home. It also increases energy usage and shortens the working lifespan of your heating and cooling system. Regularly changing your HVAC filters and doing routine maintenance on your HVAC equipment will increase the longevity of your equipment. Doing this will also improve your indoor air quality by reducing pollen, bacteria, dust mites, and some viruses.
Summertime heat can be unbearable especially in your attic. Consider installing a whole-house fan in your attic. This programmable fan helps draw the heat out through your attic’s vents and draws cool air in. Also, you should have your ducts inspected and cleaned by a professional. Most people forget about this important sanitation process that can help improve your indoor air quality. This will also help maintain a cleaner and healthier home.
Purchase a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat can save you money and gives you the freedom to control your home’s temperature from anywhere in the world. Not only do they help lower your energy bill, but they also take advantage of modern smart home technology and virtual assistants to give you maximum control over your heating and cooling systems.
Summer energy saving tips are inexpensive and others may require some financial investment. Over time, however, these solutions can also offer significant energy savings and much more comfortable home as well
You don’t have to resign yourself to an uncomfortably hot summer or the excessive energy usage that comes from running your air conditioner or HVAC system. By using these energy-saving tips for summer you can keep your home running more efficiently and cleaner than usual.