Summer has arrived and we are here to help keep both your house temperature and utility bills down. Here are a few ways you can prepare your home for the summer heat:
Turn off your air conditioner. It’s easy for your summer energy bill to add up when you use an air conditioner. There are other ways to keep your home cool, like drawing window shades during the day to keep the sun from heating up your home, or sleeping with your windows open at night to let cool air in. Fans can also help people feel up to four degrees cooler indoors. Consider installing a ceiling fan, and take advantage of our $35 rebate.
Steer clear of heat‑producing appliances. Your home can produce heat in unexpected ways. For example, 85‑90 percent of the electricity consumed by incandescent lights is turned into heat. You can combat this by upgrading to energy‑efficient lighting or by turning your lights off as much as possible. Ovens can also quickly add unwanted heat to kitchens. Instead, think about cooking with your stove or microwave when possible. Finally, air‑drying clothing outdoors instead of using a clothes dryer will both reduce excess in‑home heat and help to save on energy costs.
Insulate and seal your home. Once your house is nice and cool, you will want to keep that cool air in and the hot air out. One easy way to do this is to seal any air leaks or cracks found in walls, ceilings or floors. You can typically seal these air leaks by weather‑stripping doors, installing foam gaskets or applying spray foam or caulking. Installing or increasing attic insulation can also prevent cold air from seeping out through your attic. We offer an attic insulation rebate of 10 cents per square foot of insulation installed.
Check out our Energy‑Saving Tips to learn more ways you can make your home as cool and efficient as possible this summer. We also offer free home energy audits to our customers looking to reduce energy consumption, improve in-home comfort and reduce energy bills.