The weather in the Bay Area is heating up, and that means people all around are spending more money to keep their houses cool and comfortable. But did you know the average home spends about 20% of their energy bill on cooling? As spring trades out its mild weather for some real heat this summer, here are a few useful tips to save some money on your energy bills in the upcoming months!
Finding the best thermostat settings
Set your thermostat to work around your family’s schedule this summer. There’s no need to have your thermostat cooling an empty house! Find a temperature that works for you when you’re around and remember to set it to a few degrees warmer when nobody is there. This will keep it from working overtime and keep you from spending a lot of extra cash on your energy bill!
Utilize your ceiling fans
If you raise your thermostat by two degrees and use your ceiling fan to create a cool breeze, you can lower your energy expenses by up to 14%! Be sure to use those fans when your in the room, but remember — ceiling fans cool you, not the room. Make sure you turn it off when you leave.
Be careful using the oven
Ovens take a long time to cook and can add heat to your home. Use your oven as sparingly as possible, especially if you have an AC system. Ovens can raise the temperature of your home and cause the cooling system to turn on in response. Instead, use the microwave rather than the oven whenever you can!
Blinds are your home’s best friend
Close shades and blinds in your home whenever you leave. To maximize the cooling of your house, close windows and pull blinds before it really heats up in the morning, keeping them closed until the sun begins to come down. This way, direct sunlight won’t be unabated in attempts to heat up your house!
Check air conditioner filters
If your home has an air conditioning unit, check the filter every month. As a general rule, they should be changed every three months, but if the filter looks dirty, change it! Dirty air filters make the system work harder to cool the air, and that wastes energy. Also, make sure to have your system serviced regularly to keep it running in tip top shape!