Wednesday, June 21 officially marked the beginning of summer here in the Northern hemisphere and also the longest day of the year a.k.a the summer solstice. Although any Crius Solar home solar system provides plentiful clean energy all year round, no one wants to use power needlessly. And as it gets hotter, it gets harder for some to conserve energy. Fortunately, simple and inexpensive actions can help save energy and money during these seemingly endless summer days.
Let Your Thermostat Do The Work
When the summer sun beats down, resist the temptation to put your home into a deep freeze! The smaller the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be. In fact, the Department of Energy found that changing the thermostat by 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day can save you as much as 10% a year on cooling (and heating) costs.
State-of-the-art smart thermostats, like the kind included with every Crius Solar BrilliantHome™ system, help to maximize your energy savings and comfort by keeping your house or unused room(s) warmer than normal when you are away, and cooling only when needed. And one internal analysis suggested that approach saved customers 23% on their heating and cooling costs.
Whether you manually adjust your thermostat or let technology do the work, remember that the location of your thermostat can also affect its performance and efficiency. So be sure to read the manufacturer’s installation instructions to prevent “ghost readings” by mounting it on an interior wall away from direct sunlight, drafts, doorways, skylights, windows and furniture.
Tap Mother Nature For An Assist
If you live in a climate where it cools down at night, turn off that A/C and open your windows to a natural home cool down while you sleep. When you wake in the morning, shut the windows and blinds to capture the cool air. Special window treatments can further prevent heat gain through your windows. And as odd as it may seem – the right landscaping can reduce a home’s air conditioning costs by 15-50%. So plan some strategically placed plantings and you’ll have it made in the shade!
Finally, the great outdoors also provides a heat-avoiding alternative to running the clothes dryer or turning on the oven. Outdoor grilling is a great way to limit kitchen heat. And if you string up a clothesline, you can let the sun dry your freshly washed laundry rather than heat up the laundry room – plus, your clothes should smell amazing!
Become a “Fan” of Low-Cost Options
Pardon the pun but who wouldn’t be a fan of a device that uses far less electricity than air conditioners, allows you to raise the thermostat setting about 4 degrees without impacting comfort and costs about five cents an hour to operate? Compare that to the $11 billion+ per year in energy costs homeowners pay for air conditioners, according to the Department of Energy.
If A/C is more your speed, consider that high-efficiency air conditioners can reduce energy used by 20-50% while replacing a dirty, clogged air filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5-15 percent. Many companies, such as our sister brand TriEagle Energy, offer no-cost or low-cost cooling system tune-ups. They also offer regular, customized energy scorecards which provide tips to decrease usage based on your home’s specific energy efficiency scores.
If You Can’t Beat The Heat, Lock In Your Rate
As average surface temperatures continue to rise across the U.S., even the most energy-conscious homeowner may have difficulty keeping their monthly energy bill consistent in the dog days of summer. Solar energy has the power to take the uncertainty out of changing utility rates while helping to reduce the planet-warming emissions that contribute to climate change. So consider solar as lasting way to keep your energy bills steady for decades to come. Contact Crius Solar for a risk-free consultation to see what solar can do for your home – summer, fall, winter and spring.