If your home is like most, then you experience high gas bills and lower electric bills in the winter and lower gas bills and higher electric bills in the summer. During summer, your home's HVAC system has to work hard to cool down the interior of your home and this is why electric costs skyrocket once the weather turns hot and humid.
Luckily, there are some things you can start doing that might help you keep your electricity costs low, even in the heat of summer. Try these tips from Southland's on-your-lot Georgia home builder and keep more money in your pocket this summer.
Nothing causes an air conditioner to work harder than closed vents and dirty air intakes and filters. Check all of the vents in your home to make sure they're all open. Some believe that closing off the air flow to a room that's not in use wastes energy, but that is a myth. A central air conditioner is designed for optimum efficiency when all of the vents are open. Closing just one can result in less efficiency and higher energy bills.
In addition, replace the air filter in your HVAC system at the start of summer and vacuum the collected dust from the grill of your air intakes on a weekly basis. This will help ensure that air flows through your system unimpeded.
On warm days, you'll get just as effective cooling results with less energy by using your ceiling fans or stand fans. Sometimes, all you need is circulated air to feel cooler and a fan delivers that at a fraction of the cost of running your AC. But, of course, fan direction matters. When it's hot outside, your celling fans should spin counter-clockwise to push the hot air in the room up and out.
Washing laundry in hot water accounts for 90% of all of the energy that's used by your washing machine. But, studies show that washing in cold water cleans laundry just as effectively. So, stop using hot water in most cases and wash appropriately-sized loads and you'll see a substantial savings on your energy bill.
Another laundry tip is to dry your laundry after 8pm. Many energy providers offer discounted rates on energy that's used during off-peak hours, so using a heat-generating appliance like your dryer (or your dishwasher) during the evening could help you save even more on your energy bill.
Some small appliances and electronic devices still draw electricity even when they're turned off or "hibernating." The only way to truly turn them off is to turn off their power supplies. But, this can be a pain when you have so many different devices. The solution is to use power strips. Plug like-devices into power strips and then turn the strip off when you're going to bed. This cuts the electricity to energy-sucking devices like cell phone chargers, video game consoles, desktop computers, and others using a single button.
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