If you’ve been a homeowner for quite some time, you’re aware of how high that summer power bill can skyrocket. Now that we’re right here in the mid summer season, we have some tips we want to fill you in on in order to save a little bit on that next power bill. When it comes to taking care of our customers, we want to help you in every way we can. Let’s walk through these tips:
Hibernate Your House…Seriously
Curtains, blinds, and shades aren’t just for decoration. Close them during the summertime in order to keep the sun rays from beaming into your house, heating it up, and, in turn, putting extra strain on your air conditioning.
If you’re working all day, then shutting off your entire house to sunlight is an easy task. A good rule of thumb for when you are in your house all day, however, is to simply shut the curtains, blinds, and shades in rooms that you don’t go in as much. If you will be in your kitchen all day, shut the blinds in your bedrooms and living room, and vice versa.
Power Off Everything
…that’s not in use. It’s always best to unplug appliances from your outlets, as they still use power even when they’re turned off. So that PlayStation or Wii needs to be unplugged as soon as your kids are finished playing their games, as well as your toaster oven, toaster, coffee maker, blender, countertop grill, radio, and microwave.
Other items such as your computer, printer, hair straightener, blow dryer, lamps, and device chargers can also be unplugged to help you save money. We know what you’re thinking…that’s a lot of appliances to unplug.
In the summer, fans are going to be your family’s best friend. You may not have had ceiling fans installed when you first moved in, but it’s still a great investment to go ahead and do now. It will allow you to set your thermostat as high as possible — 78ºF+ when you’re at home, and 85ºF+ when you’re gone — while still being able to stay comfortable.
Even when you do rely heavily on your air conditioner, you want to make sure your air filters are clean. Dirty filters will still cause air conditioning units to use more energy.
Line Dry Your Clothing
Yeah, we’re going old school on you, but drying your clothes outside truly does have its perks! As long as there’s no rainstorm coming your way, you’ll be good to go with this old fashioned trick. Not only do you get a natural smell on your clothes, but you won’t have to worry about shrinking anything either. Most of the time we throw linens in the dryer without remembering what is supposed to go in there and what’s not. So instead of wasting that $60 top on accident, hang it on a clothes line!
If you don’t have a place to hang a clothes line, we have another suggestion for you. Use your washer and dryer in the early morning or the late night hours when it isn’t terribly hot outside so you can avoid overusing your water tank. This same rule can apply to your dishwasher as well!
Cooking Is Essential But…
It can be done outside. It’s summer anyway, and there’s beautiful weather and longer days, so enjoy the outdoors as much as possible! The best way to enjoy the family together is grilling out on the patio. Heating up the oven or stove appliances in your kitchen only add more heat inside your home, making your air conditioning system to work much harder, and much longer.
Grilling outside allows for the heat to stay outside and keeps your bill down significantly. However, this isn’t always doable. We suggest baking or cooking the the morning hours when it’s cooler out so that your air conditioning unit doesn’t have to work as hard.
One thing is certain here at Corley: we thrive on keeping your house up and running all year long. If you believe there is something wrong with your HVAC unit, your air conditioning is blowing out warm air, or you need us to confirm a question or two about your unit, give us a call! We not only want to answer your questions, but we want to come out and take care of your problems so your house can feel comfortable again, and so can your family. Reach us by phone at (864) 659-2723 or contact us online at any time to schedule service!