It’s not only Winter that can put a strain on your home’s ability to operate efficiently, Summer heat can run up your utility bills too!
Many of the same things we do through the colder months of the year, apply in the Summer and are generally good tips for keeping your utility costs under control. Things like installing a programmable thermostat, keeping the temperature of your home at an energy optimal temperature and using drapes/blinds to cover your windows – can be used throughout the year to save money.
Common sense also plays a part in having an energy efficient home! You wouldn’t leave the front door wide open when it’s -25, the same goes when it’s +25. When you’re cold you (should) put on a sweater or make sure you’re wearing socks, and when you’re hot opt for lightweight clothing instead of decreasing your home’s temperature and drawing more on your AC unit. Simple things, like choosing to barbecue outside, instead of running your oven – can also help with unnecessary temperature changes inside your home.
Depending on the age of your home you can consider different areas of the home for summer energy efficiency. Older homes may need new windows that are at least double paned, if not triple paned. You can also check your attic for insulation levels and proper venting. Newer homes may benefit from having thermal blinds or drapes installed, or planting trees or shrubs near the home to block the direct sun.
Another place to check in your home is your basement or crawl space to ensure there’s no build of humidity which can lead to the growth of mold. Redirecting rainwater and fixing the slope of landscaping can help with moisture in any basement.
Of course, good old-fashioned science and effort on your part (with a bit more of that common sense thrown in) can go a long way too. You can use nature to help cool your home by opening windows overnight to allow the cooler air in and then closing and covering your windows during the day to keep the warm air out. It’s also a good idea to turn off your AC overnight – but if you have a programmable thermostat it’ll take care of that one for you.
For more ideas on keeping your home summer energy efficient check out this great article by Direct Energy.