The arrival of the summer season for most means cool drinks, loose clothing, and trips to the beach. This is also the season when energy bills tend to skyrocket due to the increased use of your home’s air conditioner. But you don’t have to spend this much on energy bills. Instead, you can practice good summer energy-efficiency. Here’s how.
1. Install LED lights
According to the Energy Information Administration, the average household energy bill during the summer is more than $400. Any way that you can save is almost certainly worth it.
You can save as much as 80 percent on your energy bills by replacing incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs. The savings can be as much as 40 percent in case you replace compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) with LED lighting. Apart from saving you on your monthly bills, LEDs also have a longer lifetime compared to both incandescent and CFLs. This will result in increased cost savings for you in the long run.
What’s more, you will lower your cooling bills by switching to the energy efficient lighting. About 90 percent of the energy from the traditional bulb is wasted as heat. This makes the room warmer. LEDs, on the other hand, gives off less heat. Replacing traditional bulbs with LED bulbs will reduce cooling requirements, thereby saving you money.
2. Installing window screens and films
Window screens can also help improve your home’s energy-efficiency. These screens can block about 70 percent of the sunlight coming in. They are especially effective on the east- and west-facing windows.
Another option is metallized, transparent window films. These can also reflect heat and prevent it from entering the room. However, the films require your windows to be shut to work. Window screens, on the other hand, reflect heat even when the windows are open.
3. Plant trees and shrubs around your home
Planting trees and shrubs around the house will significantly reduce your cooling needs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, plants around the house can increase the air conditioner efficiency by as much as 10 percent.
If possible, consider planting 15- to 20-foot trees near the house. The trees will shade the house from the intense afternoon heat.
4. Unplug appliances when not in use
You should unplug all the electronic appliances in your home, such as TVs and computers, when not in use. Consider plugging the home electronics into power strips. In this way, you can easy unplug the equipment when not in use. Plugged-in appliances draw a small amount of power even when they are not in use. Unplugging the appliances will reduce energy usage.
5. Schedule an air conditioner tune-up with Ace Air
A regular air conditioner tune-up can also ensure summer energy-efficiency. An experienced technician will thoroughly check your AC unit to ensure that everything is in good, working condition. In case any issue is detected, the technician will perform the required repairs. In this way, the system will operate efficiently, resulting in reduced energy bills.
For more summer energy-efficiency tips, talk to us at Ace
If you want to get in touch with experienced air conditioner technicians in southwestern Louisiana, you can contact us at Ace Air Conditioning