As many know, a summer energy bill in Texas can be quite spendy. However, it doesn’t have to cost nearly as much as records show. How can you reduce your energy bills this summer? These summer home maintenance tips should do the trick:
Dust the appliances
Clean the vents, grates and coils in your appliances (dishwasher, exhaust vent, washing machine, refrigerator, etc.). Increasing their efficiency and performance can reduce the amount of energy they use by nearly 30% (Consumer Energy Center).
Dry your clothes outside
Give your dryer a break and dry your laundry outside on a clothesline this summer. If this doesn’t appeal to you, at least delay using your washer and dryer until the evening to avoid generating extra heat in your home.
Turn on the ceiling fans
Switch your ceiling fans on and ensure they are rotating in a counterclockwise direction. The circulating airflow can save you up to $165 in energy costs over the fan’s lifetime (EnergyStar.gov).
Service the air conditioner
In Texas, the air conditioner is likely the most important system in the home – especially in the summer months. To ensure it is functioning properly, hire a professional to come out and service it and replace any dirty air filters. Replacing these air filters can reduce your energy consumption by up to 15%.
Seal air leaks
Seal air leaks around your windows, doors, floors, ducts, fireplaces, etc. with expandable foam. Reducing these air leaks can save you 10% on your energy bill – somewhere around $200 a year. To ensure you do this correctly, hire a professional energy assessor to come out and run an energy audit on your home. A professional can locate and assess air leaks.
Install low-flow nozzles
Change out the nozzles on your shower head and lawn hose to a low-flow option. Making this change can save water - around 5 gallons of water during a 10-minute shower (according to Energy Star) – and decrease your energy bill.
Adjust your water temperature
Set your water heater temperature to no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Not only will this save you money, but it will also extend the life of your heater.
Not only will these summer home maintenance tips save you money, but they will also extend the life of the systems in your home.
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