While saving money through greater energy efficiency may be a year-round objective for some consumer-members, the way to achieve this goal will vary by season. There are a number of factors that impact energy efficiency, including the weather, desired comfort levels, and the age and condition of the home.
During warmer months, the focus is on keeping hot air from infiltrating cool homes. Energy savings and efficiency require different measures, most of which are inexpensive.
- Open windows in the evening and turn off your cooling system while sleeping.
- In the morning, shut the windows and blinds to hold the cool air in.
- Where practical, plant trees and shrubs that provide shade.
- Use LED bulbs to avoid adding unwanted heat.
- Install a programmable thermostat and adjust the settings a few degrees higher when no one is home.
In extremely hot weather, your cooling system works harder to close the gap between the high outdoor temperature and cool indoor thermostat setting. To lessen the difference in temperature between the two, and to lower cooling costs, set the thermostat as high as you can while maintaining your comfort level.
Moreover, using a ceiling fan in conjunction with your air conditioner can allow you to increase the thermostat setting approximately four degrees with no reduction in comfort levels.
To learn more about additional energy savings tips and programs that can keep you cool this spring, visit the Energy Center on our website.