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Summer Energy Saving Tips

The summer heat is here, which could mean a potential increase in energy use. Fortunately, steps can be taken to reduce your energy consumption during the warmer months and help you maximize energy efficiency.

Following these recommendations can help keep your home cooler this summer :

  • Consider installing an automatic setback thermostat that turns off your air conditioner at night.
  • Opening windows in the summer cost nothing but could make a big difference when it comes to energy savings because you will be cooling the house with a natural breeze instead of your air conditioner. Consider keeping your windows open in the evening and overnight to allow cooler air into your home, and don't forget to turn off your air conditioner. Close the windows during the day to keep the cold air in and the warm air out.
  • Ceiling fans use less electricity than air conditioners, which could lead to energy savings! In the summer, switch the direction of the fan to push air downward, creating a breeze which feels cool.
  • Increase summer energy conservation by setting your indoor temperature closer to the temperature outside. Set your thermostat just low enough to stay comfortable.
  • Use awnings and overhangs to keep the sun out of south-facing windows in the summer. You could even plan the overhangs so that they'll shade windows from the high summer sun but let in the lower winter sun.
  • Consider upgrading the windows in your home. Select high-efficiency windows with low-E coatings, argon gas fill, and insulated spacers that improve energy efficiency.
  • Wearing comfortable, lightweight clothing during the hot weather, rather than business suits, could help reduce your air conditioning usage.
  • Did you know that a reflective roof could reduce the roof surface temperature, depending on your climate? A reflective roof may prevent the sun's heat from transferring into your home.

Keep your space cool and comfortable with these simple summer energy-saving tips. They may help reduce your summer cooling costs while potentially improving your energy efficiency. Worry less about your energy consumption and enjoy the warmer weather.

Note: These tips are suggested as general practices. However, actual results may vary.