Avoid Higher Energy Consumption When the Outside Temperature Rises

June 8, 2016
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When the outside temperatures rise, your energy bills could reflect your home’s effort to keep cool.  Here’s some tips to avoid  higher energy consumption this summer when outside temperature rises.

General Tips (2)

leavesPlant a deciduous shade tree near your home to control the amount of heat that reaches your house.
toolboxRepair and weatherstrip air leaks in the home; about 10-25% of conditioned air escapes via leaks.
homeIncrease your attic insulation if the joists are showing. Recommended level: R-38 or 10-16 inches blown.
Thermostat Tips
time-resetInstall a programmable thermostat; set it higher when you are away.
helpWhen you’re home, set your thermostat to 78 degrees.
thermometer2     Maintain consistent temperatures.
airleak-sideInstall ceiling fans to circulate cool air throughout the house.
Windows & Vents Tips
sunShade your windows with light-colored shades to reflect heat.
directionClose draperies and shades on south-facing windows to block sunlight and heat during the day.
treeInstall awnings on windows that get excessive sun in the late afternoon.
flagMove furnishings away from floor or return air vents.
At home behavior tips
leafHang laundry outside to dry. Use the dryer’s fluff cycle to soften any stiffness.
plugUse a microwave instead of a conventional oven.
thermometer-sun  Avoid using heat-producing appliances such as ovens or dryers during the hottest parts of the day.
What are some of the ways you are becoming more Eco-Friendly to save on energy costs this summer?