There has been a lot of talk about rising energy prices during the summer months. While we can’t control utility costs, there are lots of simple and inexpensive ways to save energy without sacrificing comfort. Here some steps you can take.
Natural ventilation is your friend
Even during the warmest months, you can take advantage of cooler temperatures at night. By opening your windows and turning off your cooling system at night, you not only can enjoy the cool nighttime breezes, but you can also capture the cooler air in the morning by closing your windows and blinds.
Your appliances might be making your home warmer
Whether it be your oven or inefficient lighting, there are many ways your appliances can be increasing the temperature of your home – which makes your cooling system work twice as hard. Install energy-efficient lighting and minimize the use of products that generate a lot of heat like computers, dishwashers, and irons.
Your roof is where it all starts
Did you know that during the hot summer months the temperature on a traditional black roof can be as much as 50 degrees hotter than the surrounding air? How hot your roof is directly affects the temperature inside your home – and how much work your air conditioner has to do to keep it cool.