Are you doing some troubleshooting on your monthly utility bill? If you’re seeing a bill spike with the onset of warmer months, you aren’t alone. And because heating and air conditioning comprise as much as 50% of your home’s utility bill every month, you’re probably wondering how to shave it down.
A Few Creative Ideas for Reducing Monthly Cooling Costs
If you are trying to cut down on your energy costs as you keep your home cool this summer, start with these tips from the climate control pros at Spring Valley:
- Adjust your thermostat. Keeping things at 78 degrees is fine when you’re home, but let the temperature creep up when you’re not in the house. An increase of just two degrees can save you between 5% and 15% on your monthly utility bill.
- Prevent air conditioner “freeze.” You can do this by keeping your internal temp set around fifteen degrees cooler than the outside temp. Any lower than that and you put undue strain on the system and run the risk of having your coils freeze over.
- Plant shade trees. You’ll only pay for them once, but they’ll block the sun from entering your home and keep the interior much cooler.
- Think about fitting windows with solar screens or film. Did you know these can block up to 70% of solar energy before it enters your home? And there’s no impact to sweeping panoramic views.
- Get things moving. Specifically, the air inside your house. Moving air evaporates sweat from the skin, giving you a “cool” feeling without lowering the physical temperature.
- Skip the "hot" appliances. Specifically, ovens, stovetops, clothes dryers, and the like. Focus on serving foods you can microwave or grill outdoors and, if you must dry your clothes, do it in the cool of the evening.
Looking for More Ways to Keep Your Cool in the Summer Heat?
Don’t suffer through an uncomfortable home or sky high utility bills this summer. Schedule your appointment with one of our “super chilled” troubleshooting experts immediately.