Summer may seem like the season of the outdoors, but it’s also a time of the year when we consume the most energy indoors. Think about it: fans and A/C units are constantly abuzz; later nights outside mean more outdoor lights on; and in general, we’re just doing more, which can equal higher energy bills at the end of the month. But it doesn’t have to be this way!
In fact, there are several key ways to help cut down your energy use this summer. Here’s what to know:
Switch to energy-saving lights
If you’re going to leave the lights on for a late-night family cookout or bonfire, make sure you swap the traditional bulbs out for greener models, like CFLs and LEDs. Lights make up 10 percent of our household costs, and while the upfront capital may be more, these bulbs are sure to save you big in the long term.
Install an eco-friendly A/C
This is one of our biggest recommendations—your A/Cs are sure to drive up costs in a huge way, so you’ll want to make sure you’re using the latest, greenest A/Cs on the market; look for the EnergyStar label, and others with smart thermostats attached. The crucial thing here is to inspect or simply ditch the old models, which are incredibly inefficient, and can lead to a much bigger price tag.
Utilize the sun
Summer is basically three months of endless sun, or, in other words, a high supply of natural light, and air. So, use this to your advantage: instead of running lights all day long inside, open the windows, let the light and air in, and give your A/Cs and lights a break. Your wallet will thank you later!
With these tips in mind, you’ll be on your way for a cost-effective, eco-friendly summer. So, go on—enjoy it while it lasts! Then call Rick’s Energy Solutions at 707-578-5380 today for your all of your energy consulting needs.