With your AC cranking and cooling you off during the hot summer days in June, July and August, your electric bill is going to be higher than other months during the year. In fact, heating and cooling your home accounts for 46% of your electric bill during the year. Here’s a few tips on how to curb your energy costs during the hot months.
OPEN YOUR WINDOWS & CLOSE THE SHADES
In Colorado, summer nights are cool. So turn off the AC and throw open your windows at night to let nature cool your home. Then in the morning, shut all your windows and draw the shades to keep the sun from heating up your home.
REPLACE OLD LIGHTBULBS WITH LEDS
In hot climates, it’s all the more critical to replace any remaining incandescent bulbs with LEDs, as the waste heat from the old bulbs impacts energy use and creates unwanted heat. As an added bonus, PVREA offers rebates on LED light bulbs. Learn more here.
SET YOUR THERMOSTAT
Setting your thermostat higher in the summer months will save you 3% on cooling costs. Set it to 76 degrees to save money and energy.
USE YOUR CEILING FAN
In the summer, when using a fan in conjunction with an air conditioner, or instead of it, you can turn your thermostat up three to five degrees without any reduction in comfort. This saves money since a fan is less costly to run than an air conditioner. In the winter, lower your thermostat’s set point by the same amount. Ceiling fans push the warm air from the ceiling back down toward the living space, which means the furnace won’t turn on as frequently. Make sure your fan is set to turn counter clockwise.