5 Things You Can Do to Keep Cool for Less Green this Summer

5 Things You Can Do to Keep Cool for Less Green this Summer

Sunday marks the start of summer here in Western New York – something we’ve been waiting on for months!

But from a energy efficiency angle - is your house ready?

While we want to make sure that people are warm during the winter, we also want to help you keep cool on those humid, summer nights. Don’t be fooled, summer cooling can keep your energy bills higher than they need to be!

5 Things to Do at Home to Keep the Bills Low this Summer

 

  1. LED lightbulbs! Are they an investment in the beginning? Yes. Are they completely worth it in the long run? YES. Did you know that LED lightbulbs use 70%-90% less energy than incandescent bulbs? In addition to that they also give off less heat in the home. Does that not convince you? How about the fact that they save $30-$75 on your energy bills.... and last over 20 years!
  2. Check your ducts! Summer weather is the perfect time to go check on things you can do yourself to save yourself money. For instance, you could easily seal up holes in your HVAC ducts. How easy? Check out this short video to see how:

  3. Remember to change the HVAC air filters every three months and have a contractor give your cooling system a tune-up if you can.
  4. Pool owners! Did you know that pool pumps can be the second largest energy suck in a residential unit? To keep the water flowing can easily cost an average of $460 in electric bills a year! Keep it energy efficient by keeping an eye on the pump, making sure it’s running smoothly and efficiently. And as with any home appliance, make sure it’s an Energy Star certified model.
  5. Shade your home. Really, it’s that simple. Using blinds, curtains, and awnings on the south and west sides of your home will help to keep the heat from being absorbed into the home.

Those are some of the easiest things you can do to get your home more energy efficient and cooled down for this summer.

Any questions on specific things you can do in the home to make it more energy efficient for the summer? Ask us here, tweet us, Facebook us, or stop by the office.

As always, PUSH Green is on hand to make your home more energy efficient year round. Just ask us how!





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