By Platinum Team April 9, 2015

Simple Ways to Save Energy this Summer

Summer is fondly known as the season of pool parties and vacations. It’s also notoriously known as the season for out-of-control energy bills from running systems like your air conditioning.

No one finds pleasure in finding a hefty bill in their mailbox, so we’ve done a little homework to learn how to reduce those bills. While we can’t control the rising temperatures, these pointers may help cut down your energy bill during the summer.
Use ceiling fans to increase cooling efficiency.  When coupled with your air conditioning, a fan can increase the temperature of the room by about 4 degrees. This makes the cooling process less taxing on your air conditioning. Just remember to turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room, so you don’t use unnecessary energy.

Make an appointment for regular maintenance for your air conditioner.  Change filters as needed.  Vacuum vents and make sure they are clear of objects that could obstruct the airflow. Tackling these items helps your system run more efficiently.
Check your windows and doors for leaks. If there are any, caulk them or apply weatherstripping.  This helps keep the hot air out and the cool air in.

Consider adding awnings or window treatments. Awnings can reduce solar heat by 65%-75%, and window treatments can significantly reduce solar heat as well.

During the hottest part of the day, minimize any activities that heat up your home including use of the oven, dryer and dishwasher.  When you do run these systems, be sure to wait until they are full to reduce the number of cycles you need to run.
Just turning down your water heater to 120 degrees can also save energy and money. Water heating often accounts for up to 14%-25% of the energy consumed in most homes.

Finally, use natural lighting as much as possible, since powering lighting takes up energy and adds heat.