How to Improve Energy Efficiency in Your Home This Summer

BREAKING NEWS: It’s hot in August. Well we all know  that... but it could be costing you extra money. Below are some tips from Progress Energy on how to keep your home cooler without straining your A/C this summer!

  • Switch your ceiling fan to turn in a counterclockwise direction In the summer
  • Block the sun outside, use awnings, trees and shrubs
  • Open interior doors so that cooled air flows freely throughout your home.
  • Replace halogen light bulbs, which can get hot enough to be a fire hazard, with CFLs – they use less energy and don’t get as hot.
  • Install high-performance windows, screens and films to protect upholstery, wood and artwork from UV rays while saving energy.
  • Consider high-performance windows before you replace your AC system. They’re so efficient that they may help reduce the size and cost needed for a AC system.
  • Reduce the strain on your AC by applying reflective coating. This will help you save by decreasing the amount of heat coming into your home.
  • Stock up your fridge! A full fridge does not have to work as hard to stay cool so take advantage of those Trader Joe’s specials!

A couple of years ago, my home underwent a major renovation.  We used that opportunity to add several features to our home that have reduced our energy consumption. We installed a propane gas tank to run two tankless water heaters, the cooktop in the kitchen, and the dryer. If it is available on your street, natural gas has the  same energy-saving effect. We also converted all  incandescent light fixtures to LED  which give off significantly less heat. Lastly, we installed double-paned windows which are great for both conserving energy and dampening sound. 

Click here for more tips on how to conserve energy during this hot, Florida summer.