While there are several ways to keep costs down on a monthly basis, one bill that will almost always make up a large chunk of your monthly spending is your home’s energy bill.
Energy bills can especially hit your wallet during the hot & humid summer months in the Lowcountry.
That said, here are a 5 easy tips & tricks you can do this summer that can help reduce your energy consumption and, ultimately, keep your energy bill down.
If you’re like many homeowners in Charleston, your home allows for a lot of natural lighting through windows, patios and other openings in your home. However, allowing this lighting in during the summertime can dramatically raise the temperature in your home, especially during the mid-day hours.
When the sun is really beating down, use shades, blinds or curtains to help block out the rays that would otherwise raise your home’s temperature.
Especially during the day, try to avoid activities that can generate a lot of heat like using the stovetop, dishwasher or dryer. Try grilling outside or microwaving meals, washing dishes by hand and let them air dry, and dry your clothes on a clothesline.
At the very least try to save these activities until after the sun sets for the day.
While most people focus on sealing up their homes during the winter to keep cool air out, it’s just as important to do the same to keep cool air in during the summertime.
Most leaks occur around the openings to your home, like windows and doors. Weatherstripping and caulking around these openings can help sure up your home from leaks and keep your home’s temperature down this summer.
If you haven’t signed up for regular maintenance for your air conditioning unit yet, as mentioned in several of our posts this year, it’s important to note that it plays a vital role in making sure your system operates at it’s highest efficiency and significantly extends the lifespan of your unit.
If you don’t know when the last time your system had a check-up, now’s a great time to call an HVAC company in Charleston as many run summer air conditioning promotions in case you need a major upgrade.
In our last post about high efficiency air conditioners, we mentioned several reasons why installing a unit with a high SEER rating makes sense for Charleston homeowners.
Among these reasons was the fact that Charleston has a long cooling season; meaning that the months you operate your air conditioning make up most of the year. This means having a higher efficiency unit (with a higher SEER rating), you’ll experience reduced energy bills for most of the year — something we all want.
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