07 May

6 Ways to Save Energy & Reduce Your Costs This Summer

Ah, summer’s sun-drenched days—full of cookouts, beach trips, and vacations, yet also bringing the unwelcome surprise of soaring energy bills. The U.S. Department of Energy’s statistics are startling: the typical American family spends at least $2,000 a year on home utility bills, with the majority going to heating and cooling. To combat this seasonal spike in expenses, Naughton Mechanical offers six tips to help you save energy and cut costs this summer.

1. Utilize Natural Light

One of the easiest ways to save on energy costs is by utilizing natural light instead of relying on artificial lighting. Open up those curtains and blinds during the day to let that rejuvenating summer sunlight flood into your home. Not only does this reduce the need for electricity, but it also adds a bright and airy feel to your living space.

2. Adjust Your Thermostat

Did you know that for every degree lower you set your thermostat during the summer months, you could save up to three percent on cooling costs? Consider turning up your thermostat to a slightly higher temperature than normal or investing in a programmable thermostat that can adjust the temperature automatically. This way, you can keep your home comfortable while reducing your energy consumption and costs.

3. Unplug Electronics

Even when turned off, electronics like TVs, computers, and phone chargers continue to use energy. This phenomenon is known as “vampire power” or standby power. To prevent this, make it a habit to unplug electronics when they’re not in use. You can also invest in power strips that can be easily switched off to simultaneously cut off the power supply to multiple devices. 

4. Use Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are a much cheaper alternative to air conditioning. They use less energy and provide a cooling breeze throughout your home. Make sure to turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room to avoid wasting electricity.

5. Upgrade Your Insulation

Old, inefficient insulation can lead to significant energy loss in your home, especially during the summer when cold air can escape and warm air can enter. Consider upgrading your insulation to prevent this and reduce your cooling costs.

6. Check Your Air Conditioner

Your air conditioner is the biggest culprit when it comes to high energy bills in the summer. Regular maintenance and cleaning can help improve its efficiency, so make sure to schedule an annual check-up with a professional. Also, if your air conditioner is outdated, consider upgrading to a more energy-efficient model. This investment may seem costly at first, but it will save you a lot money in the long run. 

Save, Sustain, Upgrade

By implementing these six simple tips, you can save energy and reduce your costs this summer. Not only will this benefit your wallet, but it will also help you live a more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle. 

If you’re ready to upgrade your air conditioner to a more energy-efficient model, contact Naughton Mechanical today. Our team of experts can help you select and install the best cooling system for your home. 

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