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With summer quickly approaching, home owners are looking forward to the snow melting and warmer weather. One of the problems with summer is the hot days that are associated with it, especially if you live in the lower parts of north America. As it warms up home owners generally see a spike with their electric bill as a result of the air conditioning having to work harder. Here are a few tips you can do in order to help cut down on electricity costs.
Tip 1: Replace those old incandescent bulbs
Change every light bulb in your house to either a CFL (compact fluorescent light) or a LED bulb. The standard incandescent light bulb uses 80% more electricity to produce the same amount of light. The main problem with incandescent bulbs is they waste much of their electricity producing heat as a by product. Think about how hot it gets if you are standing close to a old vanity mirror or the many times you burned your hand when trying to change one. CFL bulbs still get hot but not nearly the temperate of the incandescent bulbs. Read the label of the new bulb for the wattage and the lumens produced. The more lumens, the more light is produced. One of Orlando’s better personal injury lawyers recommended to use caution when handling broken CFL bulbs because they contain a small amount of mercury. The less wattage, the less electricity used. Try and find a bulb the produces the most lumens with the least amount of wattage.
If your home has 25 of the 60 watt incandescent bulbs, you are using 1500 watt hours of electricity if they are all turned on at once. That is as much energy as leaving a hair dryer on for an extended period of time.
If you replace those 25 bulbs with 9 watt CFLs, you will only be using 225 watt hours of electricity if you turn them all on.
Tip 2: Change your air filters monthly
Even if you dust frequently, there is a good chance that dust is collecting inside the air filter for your air conditioning. If you make a habit of changing the filter once a month, more air is able to flow through easier and the A/C will not have to work as hard to cool your home.
Tip 3: Program your thermostat for a higher temperature when your gone.
The air conditioning unit is the biggest user of power in any home. A central air conditioning unit for a 1400 sq/ft home can use and average of 3500 watt hours. Since most people are at work during the day, it makes sense not to have the A/C work hard to cool the house. Set the thermostat to 80 degrees while you are gone and have it programmed to go down to 74 degrees 30 minutes before you get home.
Tip 4: Install shade overhangs
If you have the resources, install 3 foot shade overhangs around your home. Shade overhangs will keep the inside of your home in the shade longer during the day. Think of what happens when the sun is out and you stand under the shade of a tree. This will help reduce the time your air conditioning has to run.
Tip 5: Make good use of your blinds
Close the blinds in rooms that you do not want to get overly heated. This comes back to reducing the amount your air conditioning unit has to run. There are different grades of thermal shading for blinds and each are made to reduce the amount of light that gets through.
Tip 6: Install a plant wall
A plant wall will help regulate your homes temperature. The soil acts as a barrier that aids in temperature regulation.
Tip 7: Locate heat sources and escaping cold air
Grab some inscenst form a local hobby store and go to each door and wind in your home. Hold the smoke close to the outsides of the door. If you see the smoke blowing from the inside of your house to out, that means you are losing energy. The solution is to install weather stripping on all there areas where the cold air is leaking out of your home. It’s the same thing as running your a/c while your doors and windows are open in the house.
HVAC info source: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=heat_cool.pr_hvac
Making these quick adjustments to your home may help reduce your energy costs by up to 20%
03-13-2013 by Admin