When the St. Louis summer heat hits, it’s easy to find yourself turning up the A/C to stay cool and dreading your next energy bill because of it. You don’t have to suffer the heat to save money and energy costs this summer. Keep yourself cool and your budget happy with these energy-saving tips:
1. Use the A/C Sparingly
Use your A/C to cool the house down in the morning and turn it off before the peak heat of the day. Don’t wait for the house to heat up before turning on the A/C; it’ll have to work a lot harder to cool down a hot house. Turn your A/C off at mid-day or keep your thermostat at a reasonable temperature near the 75-degree mark.
2. Keep the Sun Out
Letting the summer sun pour into your house is a surefire way to heat up your home during the day. Lower your blinds to block out the hot sun. For even better insulation, invest in blackout curtains. There is a huge selection of trendy patterns and brands to choose from, and that will keep your house cooler for far longer.
3. Use Fans to Your Advantage
Fans use less energy than A/C and are an efficient tool for cooling your house down. Be sure to keep your ceiling fans running counterclockwise at medium or high-speed to push cool air down and pull hot air up and away from you.
For more cooling action, pop a window fan in during the day and have the blades reversed to exhaust out hot air. Flip the fan the other way at night to bring in fresh air to help cool the house down without the A/C at night.
4. Don’t Let Your Electronics Heat Things Up
Turning off unnecessary lights and unplug electronic devices from electrical outlets can help reduce energy costs. Bulbs, televisions, and gaming consoles generate heat and can trick your thermostat to thinking it is hotter in your home than it really is. Be mindful of turning off your electronic devices when you leave a room to save your wallet some money and your A/C some work.
The same goes for your oven and stove; they’re major culprits for adding heat to your house. Barbecue outside or eat foods that don’t need much cooking. You may also consider cooking most of your meals in the morning before the temperature rises outside.
5. Prioritize Rooms, Windows, and Vents
Closing doors in unused rooms keeps them cool during the day. Opening windows and doors at night enables the cooler evening air to flow through the house. You can close A/C vents in rooms you don’t want to cool, only letting the A/C reach the parts of the house that really need it.
Keeping your new house cool doesn’t mean you need to break the bank. Use your A/C wisely with some of these budget-saving tips. Contact Rolwes Company for an energy-efficient new home that gets your summer savings started.
Categorized in: New Homes in St. Louis
This post was written by Jason Rhoads