Written by Larry Cook

How to Save Energy During Spring and Summer

There are numerous free or inexpensive ways to save energy during the spring and summer months. The following is a summary of tips from the U. S. Department of Energy website (www.energy.gov) that will cut your energy expenses when electricity consumption typically jumps. Another great idea is consulting with an experienced energy auditor regarding a home energy audit to get the best results.

Use Windows Efficiently

For those living in climates where it cools off overnight, open your windows before you go to sleep to let the cool air inside, then close the windows when you wake up to trap the cool air inside. Additionally you may want to look into window treatments and coverings to keep out radiant heat.

Efficiently Operate Thermostat

Set the thermostat at the highest temperature that is comfortable. Use a programmable thermostat to raise the temperature when you’re away from home, then lower the temperature to 78°F (26°C) when you return.

Use Fans and Ventilation

Using a ceiling fan with air conditioning allows you to increase the thermostat setting by 4°F while still remaining comfortable. Remember to turn the fan off when you leave the room because fans cool people, not lower air temperature. Use venting fans in the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room to remove humidity and heat.

Maintain Cooling Equipment

Regularly maintain your home’s air conditioner, evaporative cooler, or heat pump. Do not place electronic devices or lighting that produce heat near thermostats, which may affect their sensors.

Avoid Generating Heat Indoors

Avoid using the oven and stove during very hot days because they generate extra heat. For cooking, consider using the microwave or barbecuing outside. Replace incandescent light bulbs with light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which run cooler and use less electricity. Use indirect natural light whenever possible. When running the dishwasher or washing machine, only use full loads. Stay clean with short showers, instead of inefficient baths. Minimize the use of appliances and other electronic devices that generate heat.

Insulation

Seal your home’s openings and cracks to prevent warm air from entering. Use weatherstripping and caulk to seal around windows and doors.

Decrease Water Heating Costs

18% of home energy consumption is attributable to water heating. Adjust the water heater’s temperature setting to 120°F to save energy and lower your bills.

Electrical Peace of Mind

Providing professional electricians since 1988 in Maryland, Cook Electric is the company you can rely on for all your electrical service needs. For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. They will be very glad to help you.

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