Take action to keep summer energy bills in check
Summertime spikes in energy bills don’t have to be excessive.
With planning and a few simple actions, the expense to keep a home cool and comfortable during the year’s warmest period can be made manageable.
Zehnder America, a leader in the efficiency ventilation market offers the following tips for lowering the utility bill.
Turn off the air conditioner at night
Use the windows for ventilation. In the morning, before it warms too much, close the windows again to keep in the cool temperatures.
Use window treatments to keep sunlight out
The sun passively heats your home through the south, east and west-facing windows. Blinds, curtains and shades keep out unwanted summer sun. Blackout curtains are best and also provide insulating qualities in the winter.
Avoid using the dryer, ovenanddishwasher during the day
These appliances put off a lot of heat. Avoid using the dryer, oven or dishwasher at the hottest part of the day. If you do run the oven, try to bake several things at once so you can use it less frequently. Consider using a grill instead of the stove or oven to keep home temperatures down.
Run a fan
Fans don’t lower indoor temperatures, but they do make it feel cooler.
Insulate the attic
Insulating and air sealing the attic helps cut heating bills and winter energy use; it also keeps homes cool in the summer. Because the roof can get very hot in the summer, it is important to keep this heat out of the home by weatherizing it.
Install an energy recovery ventilator (ERV)
ERVs bring a constant stream of fresh, filtered air into the home throughout the year. During the warmer months, ERVs exhaust stale, contaminated air and pre-cool incoming air. They also help remove excess moisture, all of which can help reduce the reliance on air conditioning.
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