Ways to Save Energy and Money This Summer
With summer only a few weeks away, it’s time to break out the environmentally friendly sunscreen, bathing suits and beach towels. It’s also the perfect opportunity to take a closer look at your energy bills.
We all know warmer temperatures mean higher electricity costs – fortunately, there are plenty of energy and money-saving tips you can try this summer. The best part is that most of these home improvement hacks are projects you can do yourself.
1. Check for Leaks
Have you ever felt a cool breeze when you walk past a window or got a waft of the neighbor’s barbequing when standing by a door? That could be a sign of poor seals around your entryways and windows. Plug these spots easily with foam sealant, insulation strips or you could always repair the framing altogether. Doing so before the sweltering summer heat will save energy, money and your sanity.
2. Clean Out Your Vents
Clogged air conditioning vents are a homeowner’s worst nightmare in warm weather. When vents are dirty, cool air is trapped inside the walls instead of circulating around the house. Before your back-porch thermostat begins to uptick, be sure to check your air vents for dust and debris. Once the vents are clean, aim them toward the center of each room for the most effective cooling effect.
3. Upgrade Your Shades
Dated window blinds and shades can be huge money wasters. Heat pours through these older shades in the summertime and causes your bill to skyrocket. Replacing your blinds with insulated cellular shades is an effective way to keep your money in your pocket and reduce the amount of energy you consume via air conditioning.
The Department of Energy1 explains insulated cellular shades can “reduce unwanted solar heat through windows by up to 80%, reducing the total solar gain to 15% or less when installed with a tight fit.”
4. Install a Ceiling Fan
Speaking of air conditioning… ceiling fans are a wonderful alternative to constantly pumping cold air into your home. Fans consume a fraction of the energy air conditioning systems use, so the more you rely on your ceiling fan, the more money and energy you’ll save in the long run.
Check out these helpful instructions if you need guidance during the installation process!
5. Go Solar
While each of the options detailed above are great ways to save energy and money in the summer, there’s nothing better than capitalizing on the sun itself. With a new Momentum Solar system, you’ll capture the energy of the sun and harness it to lower your electricity bills every month. If your solar panels generate more energy than your home consumes, you can bank the credit and roll it over to the next month.
If you’re considering going solar, don’t wait any longer. It’s important to cash out on the sunny summer months and begin banking solar credits now. You don’t want to wait until winter to start saving on your monthly electricity bill.
Get your free, no-obligation quote from one of our dedicated solar specialists today!