As summer and higher temperatures roll around, West Texas residents look for the best tips and tricks to save money on their energy bills. Look no further because we have collected the data, spoken with the experts, and found the best ways to maximize savings this summer.
Below are five tips to maximize your savings:
Check your Air Conditioner
Check Air Ducts
Air ducts are a big part of your central heating and cooling system. It is essential to check for holes, leaks, or clogs. These issues can lead to a 20% decline in your HVAC systems’ efficiency and should be examined by a professional. Regular maintenance including vacuuming air ducts and ensuring they’re clear can help your AC unit work efficiently and last longer.
Replace Air Filters
Many residential owners forget to change their air filter out. The buildup of dust, dander, and pet hair can have your AC unit working overtime to push cold air out. Filters should be cleaned out every month or two to ensure your AC unit works properly and efficiently. Cleaning or switching your air filters often will lower your AC’s energy usage by 15%.
Using or installing a dishwasher can save you time, money, and energy over handwashing your dishes. Let your dishes air-dry instead of using the heat-dry cycle on your dishwasher. By opting out of heat-drying, your dishwasher can reduce its energy usage by 50%.
When washing your laundry, use cold water to save your water heater the extra strain and money it needs to heat more water. Research and data have shown correlations between water heating and energy usage. You can save up to $63 every month on average when you switch to washing with cold water.
Energy Saving Lighting Options
Don’t waste your money on incandescent lightbulbs that only turn 10-15% of the energy used into light. It’s time to switch to LED lightbulbs! The U.S. Department of Energy says LED uses 75% less energy and lasts 25 times longer than incandescent lighting.
Adjust Your Thermostat
If you still have a thermostat from the 1980s, it might be time to upgrade your system. When looking for a new thermostat, try buying a programmable thermostat that’s accessible even when you’re not at home.
Keep your residence warmer during work or school hours and at lower temperatures when people are home. A smart thermostat can help set times and help transition temperatures while you’re away.
Avoid keeping heated appliances such as lamps or TV sets near your thermostat. Your thermostat may sense a hotter environment from these appliances and keep your air conditioning running longer.
Use a Fan with Your AC Unit
A fan moves existing air around a room and creates a chilling effect while not affecting your home’s temperature. AC units and fans working together can help lower a room’s temperature by 5-10 degrees Fahrenheit. This lets you keep your thermostat at a warmer temperature and reduces your energy usage – saving you money during the hot summer months.
If you are looking for a new AC installation or want to get your unit checked by professionals before the heat hits, call Lowery today to schedule a free consultation! We want you to stay cool and comfortable as temperatures rise.