Summertime is here! Time for backyard BBQs, pool parties, late-night sleepovers for the kids, and insanely high electrical bills? Well, not everything that comes with summer can be positive. With high heat temperatures causing the AC to always run cool and high, and the kids wanting to stay indoors playing video games all day, your electrical bill can be the one who pays the toll for all that energy used. Which is natural when these times roll around.
But that doesn’t mean that it’s required to be this way. Our team at Foulks Southern Air has come up with a few ways to help lower your monthly bill with a few tips that may just “shock” you on how simple they can be.
You can replace incandescent or CFL bulbs with energy-efficient LED lights, which consume significantly less electricity and last longer.
Install a programmable or smart thermostat that can automatically adjust the temperature based on how many people are in your home and the time of day, which helps with optimizing heating and cooling.
Upgrade to Energy Star-rated appliances, such as refrigerators, washing machines and dishwashers, which consume less power.
Power Strips and Surge Protectors
Use power strips and surge protectors to cut off power to electronics and chargers when not in use, preventing “phantom” energy consumption.
Insulation and Weatherstripping
Improve home insulation and use weatherstripping to prevent energy leaks, reducing the need for heating and cooling.
Energy-Efficient HVAC System
Consider upgrading to a high-efficiency HVAC system, which can lead to substantial energy savings over time. While it may be a costly option, over time, the savings you can have with this might outweigh the initial cost of upgrading.
The installation of solar panels that harness renewable energy and offset electricity consumption from the grid is a costly yet effective way to conserve energy in your home. Especially during the sunny days of the summer when you can maximize the sun’s energy and time.
Installing energy-efficient window treatments like blinds, shades, or curtains to regulate temperature and reduce heating or cooling needs will help with the need to have your AC unit running overtime during the hot months. You can also upgrade to energy-efficient windows that better insulate your home.
How Foulks Southern Air Can Help You
While these may seem like drastic and unorthodox ways of reducing your electric bill, these are some of the best and most energy-efficient ways to help conserve energy in your home, and lower costs each month. At Foulks Southern Air, we’re always happy to help residents in the Hammond area with all your electrical repair needs.
Schedule your consultation or an appointment today to help figure out ways your home can be more energy efficient, so you can spend more time and more money on summertime fun!