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There are numerous ways to save on electricity costs if you’re willing to put in a little bit of effort. Lowering the temperature on your HVAC seems like an easy solution to stay cool, but it’s a costly one, and there are better alternatives that will save you money. It’s time to enjoy a naturally cooler home that will keep money in your bank account.
Save on Electricity Costs by Using Fans
Despite what many people think, fans don’t actually cool down the air, so don’t keep them on in a room no one is occupying. Fans aid in evaporative cooling. Your body sweats to help relieve heat in your body. Fans can make the air seem cooler by eight degrees Fahrenheit.
Protect Your House from the Sun
The sun heats things directly through radiant heating. It’s the reason that it can be cold outside, but you feel immediately warm from the sun. This is also why it is cooler in the shade. By casting shade on your home, you can cool any room by 10 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit.
To save on electricity costs, you’ll need to create shade in a variety of ways. If you already have tall trees, your home experiences substantial cooling effects from the shade. Planting smaller trees around your home won’t significantly cool off your home immediately, but it will provide some relief by blocking windows. Also, trees and other plants naturally help to cool down and purify the air.
You can place awnings over your windows, which helps to cool down your home a couple of ways. They can block sunlight from entering your windows, and they can help keep coolness in during the day if they can collapse over windows. If you don’t want to install awnings, just block out the sun with some heavy drapes or blinds.
Prevent Heat Transfer
To save on electricity costs, you need the right amount of insulation. Without adequate insulation, heat will seep into your house during the summer and heat will escape your home during the winter. Insulation prevents heat transfer from occurring. Look up your geographical area to determine how much insulation you need. Many homes do not have enough.
Remove Heat Through Ventilation
Install a turbine roof vent to aid in the removal of warm air from the attic. This will help to remove warm air from the home. Don’t try to block off your vent in the winter. Instead, focus on getting insulation in your attic. If you live in a cold climate and experience snow in the winter, trapped warm air in the attic can cause snow dams. The best way to avoid this is to have adequate ventilation in your attic. If insulation separates your living area from your attic, your house will stay comfortable without compromising your attic.
Use a Swamp Cooler
If your house is just too hot despite all of the other possibilities you have tried so far, try out a swamp cooler if you don’t live in a humid environment. Swamp coolers use a combination of water and forced air to create evaporative cooling in the home. Colorado has the ideal climate for swamp coolers to be effective.
Regular HVAC Maintenance
The whole point of our tips was to provide alternatives to AC, but you should still get your HVAC regularly maintained to save on electricity costs. You want your HVAC to run at optimal levels to avoid wasting electricity. Debris, bent fins, and other issues place a heavy burden on your HVAC, which can make it run harder and longer than it should. This leads to an increase in cooling costs. In the winter, having your unit maintained will help it heat the home more efficiently too.