Increasing the overall energy efficiency of your home before the long summer starts will keep your energy bills lower. These room-by-room tips may help you focus your efforts to achieve a cooler and more comfortable home.
- Have your HVAC system serviced at least once a year. It will run more efficiently and dependably.
- Seal any air leaks around window frames and look for worn weatherstripping around exterior doors.
- Use energy efficient LED or CFL lighting throughout.
- Turn the water heater down to 120 degrees F.
- Install shade screens on windows that receive direct sun during the summer. You can take them down in the fall to take advantage of radiant solar heating.
- Wash only full loads of dishes in the dishwasher.
- Dust off the slow cookers to use in the summer when temperatures soar.
- Keep the refrigerator and freezer full. It will use much less electricity because the items inside retain cold temperatures much longer than air does. If you don’t keep enough food on hand, store tightly covered containers of baking supplies inside it.
Filling up empty bottles or jars with water and keeping them in the freezer cuts energy use. You’ll also have an emergency supply of ice on hand in the event of a prolonged power outage.
The Laundry Room
Increase the energy efficiency of the dryer by cleaning the dryer screen after each load. Scrub the screen with soap and water frequently if you use dryer sheets. Pull the dryer away from the wall to inspect the dryer hose once a year. Replace it if you see any tears or if it has heavy lint deposits.
- Be sure that the furniture and window coverings don’t block the supply or return registers.
- Use fans to increase overnight sleeping comfort during the summer or hire a contractor to hang ceiling fans.
Prioritizing energy efficiency this spring will help you save your energy dollars during the prolonged cooling season. To learn more about increasing the efficiency of your HVAC system, contact Beyer Boys, providing HVAC services for San Antonio homeowners.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).