Tips For Being Energy Efficient During The Summer.
- Set the A/C to 78 degrees or above. The A/C is the largest consumer of energy in most Floridians’ homes, and the one that puts in the most overtime when the summer heat is at its highest. Set the thermostat to 78 degrees or higher when cooling to maximize energy savings. For every degree the thermostat is set above 78, customers can save up to 10 percent on their cooling costs. Customers who set their thermostats to the recommended temperatures year-round could save about $300 in annual energy costs. You could also make saving energy even easier by investing in a programmable thermostat.
- Become a fan of the fan. Ceiling fans offer an inexpensive alternative to setting the thermostat to a lower temperature. That’s because fans make people feel several degrees cooler without lowering the temperature in the room – all while using a smaller amount of the energy consumed by the A/C. Set the fan to turn counter-clockwise in the summer and make sure to turn it off when leaving the room.
- Adjust the water heater. This is one simple change that will continue saving energy over time. Set the water heater to 120 degrees instead of 140 and save up to $85 in annual energy costs. If you head out of town, turn it off entirely. There’s no need to heat unused water. Plus, once turned back on, most models will reheat the water to the set temperature in about an hour.
- Upgrade attic insulation. Think of it as adding another layer of protection between your living space and the outdoors. Upgrading to insulation that’s rated R-38 or greater is the best way to reduce home cooling and heating costs.
- If you can stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Take your culinary quest to the grill instead. Using the oven in the heat of summer forces a home’s A/C to work harder, raising electric bills. Grill outdoors instead of baking or roasting to save energy and money.