Updated: Feb 26, 2019
Southern Ontario is well known for its hot and humid summers, so this week, we have a few tips to help you beat the heat AND save money on your electric bill in the process.
Don't Let Your Air Conditioner Break the Bank
For many of us, air conditioning is non-negotiable during the summer months. It's a great way to keep our home cool, but it's also one of the top energy drains this time of year - meaning your electric bill rises along with the temperature. A few ways to make the most from your A/C this summer include:
Have your A/C unit checked to ensure it's running a peak performance. Replacing air filters and removing any dust or debris from the surrounding area can also help ensure things to keep running smoothly.
A programmable thermostat is a must with A/C - create a schedule that works for your needs - Having your A/C on only when someone is home, and getting it to tapper off during less needed times of the day.
If you are installing a new air conditioning unit this season, location is key! Installation in a shade-covered area can help reduce operating costs by up to 10%.
Ceiling Fans Really Do Help!
Hot air rises, meaning upstairs bedrooms are quick to overheat during those hot summer months. Increasing air circulation in your home with ceiling fans is a cost-effective way to force hot air down, and create wind-cooling in upstairs rooms.
Take Your Chores Outdoors
There isn't much worse than turning on your oven on a hot summers day. Oven heat quickly spreads throughout your home, meaning your A/C ends up working overtime. A great way to take the heat out of the kitchen is cooking outdoors and barbecuing. Enjoy the great weather while avoiding raising the temperature in your home.
Also, washers and dryers are two of the top energy-using appliances in our home. Switching over to a cold water wash cycle is an easy way to cut energy costs. Also, take advantage of the abundance of sunshine by hanging laundry outside to dry. Your electric bill and mother earth will thank you!
If you are looking for a professional opinion on how to lower your energy consumption any time throughout the year- get in touch with Blais Electric. Our team specializes in green technology and can offer a variety of customized energy and cost saving strategies to meet your individual needs.
Cheers to keeping cool and enjoying the outdoors this summer!
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