Three Tips To Keep Your Summer Energy Bill In Check

reduce energy billSummer’s a great time to learn how to save energy at home. Why? You’ll get a lot more enjoyment out of the season without worrying about your cooling bills. Given the Los Angeles area’s long summers, little improvements like these can really add up.

1. Lower the load on your A/C.

The less heat and humidity that enter your home, the less work your air conditioner needs to do to remove that heat. What can you do to help it?

  • Use caulk and weatherstripping to seal around windows and doors.
  • Check that the insulation level in your attic is at least R-30.
  • Hang heat-reflective curtains and close them during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Take shorter, cooler showers. (And doesn’t taking a cooler shower make perfect sense? We thought so.)

2. Use your fans.

A ceiling fan can make you feel between 5 to 8 degrees cooler. That means you can turn up your air conditioner’s thermostat temperature by the same amount and still feel comfortable. For every degree you raise the setting above 72 degrees, you could save 3 to 5 percent on your energy bill. What else?

  • Set the fan’s blades to turn counterclockwise as you look up at them.
  • Because fans cool people, but not the air, turn your fan off when you leave the room for more than a minute.

3. Keep your A/C efficient.

Understanding A/C maintenance is another part of knowing how to save energy at home during summer. Within just one year, your air conditioner can develop issues that might not noticeably affect its performance, but still reduce its energy efficiency. These are problems such as loose wires or a dirty blower fan. To keep your system running at peak efficiency,

  • Schedule a professional inspection every year.
  • Once a month during the cooling season, check your air filter monthly. If it’s covered in a film of dust, replace it. In most homes, cheap 1-inch fiberglass filters need monthly replacement.
  • Throughout the season, periodically remove grass clippings and other debris from your outdoor unit.
  • Make sure the joints of your air ducts are sealed.

Reliance cares about you and your family and wants to be sure your HVAC system helps keep you safe, comfortable and happy. To make keeping up with maintenance easier on you, consider taking advantage of our Happy Home Club.