According to APS (Arizona Public Service), not only does energy demand go up substantially during the summer, the weather (HEAT) is responsible for about 70% of your summer electricity bill. But, you’ve probably already noticed that your electricity bill is high, and as summer temps continue to increase, so will your bill. Unless you’re planning to build a new home with lots of “green” features, here’s 10 tips to increase energy savings in an existing home and save yourself a little green.
- If you have different cooling/heating zones in your home, cool only the zone(s) you use most or set to a lower temperature than the zone(s) you use less frequently.
- Turn ceiling fans on and turn up your thermostat a few degrees.
- Use a programmable thermostat to lower the temperature an hour before your return home from work / increase the temperature when you leave for work in the morning.
- Turn off lights and appliances you’re not using to minimize the extra heat they can generate.
- Caulk around windows and doorframes to keep cool air inside and hot air outside.
- Keep blinds and drapery closed during the day while you’re at work.
- Add tinted film to windows for less heat penetration.
- Plant shade trees near west, east, and south facing windows to help block sunlight in summer.
- Change air filers regularly to increase your air conditioner’s efficiency.
- Have Goettl’s High Desert Mechanical service your AC unit once a year.
REAL DOLLAR SAVINGS: If you set your thermostat one (1) degree higher in the summertime, you’ll save 2-3% on the cost to cool your house. By setting your home’s thermostat to 79° F and turning on ceiling fans, you’ll actually feel as much as 5° cooler.