5 Ways to Reduce Summer Energy Costs

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Due to the hot and humid Georgia climate, summer often equals increased utility bills. It can seem impossible to stay cool without cranking the AC full blast.

Well, fret and sweat no longer.

Here are 5 tips to consider in order to save on summer energy use and keep your home or business cooler for cheap!

Tip#1: Choose an energy efficient air conditioner.

The Department of Energy estimates that half of the energy used in a home comes from heating and cooling. In the sweltering Georgia heat, many people run their air conditioners 24/7. If you have an older system, consider switching to a model with a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratio) of a ten or higher. These systems cost less to operate, saving on energy costs.

Tip#2: Pull down the shades.

When the summer heat shines brightly into your home, lower your shades to keep the house from heating so quickly and causing your air conditioner to work overtime.

Tip#3: Seal, plug and insulate.

If you have older windows, consider foaming and caulking areas that may leak air. You can also purchase a film to go over your older windows to boost insulation and stop drafts.

Tip#4: Keep filters clean.

Air filters can get extremely dirty. In fact, it’s recommended to check your filter once a month. It should be washed off and allowed to dry. You should also replace it every six months. Your system has to work extra hard if it’s pushing air through a clogged up filter.

Tip#5: Cold summer showers.

Consider turning down the temperature of your water heater to save on cash. In the winter months, you can increase the temp to accommodate for colder weather, but in summer a cooler shower can actually be refreshing and will save you money.

If you’re in need of a newer energy efficient air conditioning to cool your home this summer without breaking the bank, contact the Gagne residential heating & air conditioning specialists today.