Are your power bills consistently climbing during the hot summer months? You’re not alone. Utah’s summers are hot and heavy, meaning we make our homes work even harder to keep us cool. How can you keep those bills from raising and emptying your wallet this summer? We have a few tried and true ideas.
- Keep it a little warmer. The easiest and most common sense way to keep your bills down is to keep the temperature at a standard point that is just a tiny bit warmer than you’d like. It may get a bit warm at times but it will save money.
- Catch the Breeze. When it cools off at night, turn your air off and open up windows for a free cool breeze and less energy used.
- Switch Commander. Assign a family member (little kids are great at this) to run through the house and turn everything off each night, or as you leave the house for errands each day.
- Cool Showers. When you’re hot it’s tempting to crank that AC, but you can save money by taking a quick cold shower instead.
- Fans use a small amount of energy and can prevent your AC from using more energy to drop temperatures. Place them strategically to keep your home cooler.
- Reflect Heat. Consider using a reflective film or reflective-lined curtains to prevent the sun’s rays from entering your windows and warming your house against your will.
- Shading your home with trees actually keeps it cooler – did you know? Planting trees near your home may help you to stay cooler and prevent extra AC use.
- Upgrade old appliances. The persistent summer sales mean that you can choose an older appliance and upgrade it for a fraction of the normal cost. Choose an energy efficient version to replace and older, energy-sucking model. It will mean less energy immediately and over time.
- Seal it. Check the caulk and seal around your doors and windows. If they’re letting in heat you will have to pay more for your AC to keep the home cold. It’s an easy update for any homeowner.
- Of course the best possible option for upgrading your energy is to switch to solar panels. By the end of summer you can be replacing your power bill with a self-sufficient solar energy system.
Give Solar Power Utah a call for a free consultation and to see if solar energy could be right for you and your Utah home or business.
We still have a few months of summer – you can use them to save energy and stay cool if you’re smart. Good luck out there!