Summer Tips for Saving Energy
Winter is a memory and the snow that once blanketed your neighborhood has been replaced with fresh grass that fills the air with the scent of summer. The heat sets in and what was once a welcome change becomes a costly home expense. New home owners in South Carolina have perfected the art of saving money on utilities while staying cool. Using these 7 tips, you will not only enhance your summer experience at a Lake Carolina home, but save money this summer.
1.) Install Whole House Fans
Installing a whole house fan definitely adds charm to a house, while serving a very practical use. By bringing in cool air and expelling heat, it is definitely a cost effective way to cool your home.
2.) Seal Your Ducts
Making sure that ducts are efficiently sealed helps save energy, and adds to the safety of your home. Sealing ducts will allow for higher quality airflow, all while saving you money.
3.) Screens to Reduce the Sunlight
Using screens or bamboo can reduce the amount of sunlight entering a home by 60% to% 80. It’s a fairly easy tactic to reduce costs while adding to the style of your home.
4.) Windows for Cool Air
People are often quick to reach for the thermostat, but sometimes the simplest solutions are the best. Open the window and let in a breeze, it’s even better if you’re near a body of water.
5.) Run Major Appliances after 10pm
People often don’t realize that during peak hours, utilities tend to cost more, and during the summer day, both water and electricity are in high demand. The solution is simple, use major appliances at night to reduce your costs.
6.) Keep Appliances away from the Thermostat
All appliances generate heat and it is usually a good idea to keep them away from the thermostat. Often times they will cause the thermostat to misread the actual temperature and that can equate to more costs.
Who says saving money has to be a hassle? One of the ways to minimize both heat within the home as well as keep cool is to have an outdoor cookout.