by Sean Ryan on Jul 19, 2016
Baby, it's hot out there!
To keep your energy bill from sucking the life out of your bank account the remainder of this summer, follow these tips to keep your cool:
Turn it Up
Air conditioning is responsible for almost 60 percent of your power bill. Though that statistic may seem like a lot of hot air, it's true that turning the temperature up in your home can save you a lot of money. In fact, each degree that you turn up your A/C saves you 7 percent, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Do the math: Turning that thermostat up two degrees on a $200 power bill can save you $28 next month!
Have a Barbecue
Nothing says summertime like a good ol' BBQ, and avoiding the oven can put dollars back in your pocket by eliminating excess heat inside the house. Put on some sandals to cool those feet, and pour an ice-cold beverage to stay hydrated and healthy in the heat.
Planting trees or shrubs around your outside A/C unit can keep your system from using unnecessary electricity. Trees that provide shade to your home can also decrease the inside temperature of your house. Stay away from landscaping with rock or asphalt on the south and west sides because it radiates heat long after the sun goes down.
Closing your blinds or curtains during the day may cause you to turn on more lights, but blocking the sun’s heat outweighs the energy used by incandescent bulbs, which use a fifth of the energy and heat as fluorescents. Make sure all exterior doors and windows are closed too, to make sure your cold air stays put.
Home maintenance may seem never-ending, but simple upkeep of window caulking, door sealants and even roof repairs can lower your energy bill and keep your cooling costs down. What’s more, certain wiring and roofing upgrades may give you a discount or credit on your homeowner’s insurance.
Call Ryan Insurance for more information on possible credits to your policy. Above all else, remember that this is the Sunshine State: occasionally close up the house, turn off those energy-sucking appliances and computers, and head to the cool waves at the beach!