Here are seven more hot weather energy savers!
1. Set air-conditioning thermostats no lower that 78°. The 78° temperature is considered to be reasonably comfortable and energy efficient temperature. One authority estimates that if this setting raises the temperature 6° (78° vs 72°), then your home cooling costs should drop around 47%.
If everyone in the United States would raise their cooling thermostats 6° during the summer, the nation would save more than the equivalent of 36 billion kilowatt hours of electricity, or 25 of the Nation’s total electricity consumption for a year.
2. Use a programmable thermostat. Set it to a higher temperature for when you will not be at home. You can also set it a few degrees higher at night and use fans to help you keep cool!
3. Run the air conditioner only on really hot days and set the fan speed on high. In very humid weather, set the fan at low speed to provide less cooling but more moisture removal. Clean or replace air conditioner filters at least once a month. Turning the fan will require more energy if the filter is dirty.
4. If you can confine your living spaces to fewer rooms, close off the rooms that are not being occupied. If those rooms are not going to be used for several hours, turn off the AC to those rooms temporarily.
5. Buy the cooling equipment with the smallest capacity to do the job. More cooling power than necessary is inefficient and more costly. Energy-efficient ratios (EER’s) for most air-conditioning units should be available from dealers, and some window units are labeled to show the EER ( the higher the EER, the more efficient the air conditioner). If you don’t see a label on the unit, ask the dealer for information.
6. Make sure you have you cooling equipment serviced at least once a year and make sure filters are kept clean.
7. Learn more about efficient home weatherization and energy saving products that can help you make even a bigger reduction in your home energy bills each month.
One example would be to install Radiant Barriers in your attic, which will address radiation (Electromagnetic) heat transfer, the single most efficient type of heat transfer, by reflecting that radiation away from the radiant barrier. A typical home will loose heat in the winter and gain heat in the summer and the majority of that heat is radiant heat, so stopping radiant heat transfer in both the winter and summer months is one very effective way to reduce your energy cost.
These seven hot weather or warm climate energy saving tips should help you reduce your monthly home energy bills.
Information Source: The Kansas Energy Saving Handbook for Homeowners
by James W. Morrison
Disclaimer: Results of applying these energy saving tips may vary according to unforeseen existing variables. No claims are intended or implied.