Most frugal homeowners know that preparing for the chill of winter can help you cut the often-exorbitant costs of heating the home. However, there are just as many who aren’t aware that the summer can be hit your bills just as hard. Here, we’re going to look at how to get your home ready for the heatwave, to make it much more energy efficient and to make savings on your bills that you can rely on year after year after year.
Keep the hot air out
You are going to save a lot of money on your AC if you have to rely on it less, that much should be obvious. The most effective way to use it less, however, is to stop the heat from entering the home in the first place. Switching out old window treatments for darker curtains, shutters, or even blackout blinds can make a big difference. It might also be time to consider getting your windows replaced. Newer windows tend to be much more energy efficient and if you have any air leaks in yours, it could mean practically inviting the heat in. The roof is well worth considering, too. Older roofs tend to let the house absorb more heat. If you live in a particularly sunny part of the country, metal roofs can help reflect sunlight, keeping the house much cooler.
Look to your appliances
Your AC is the star of the show when it comes to updating and upgrading appliances. If it isn’t routinely cared for, it can clog up with dust and moisture, making it much less effective at its job, meaning it has to work harder to cool the home and will cost you even more money. Looking for energy efficient options for home appliances will make a big impact on your bills. Not only does it cost less to run, but they tend to create less heat in the summer, which makes it even easier to cool the indoors.
Control your air
Your air conditioning shouldn’t be the only tool you rely on when it comes to cooling the air in the home. If you’re in a single room of the house, relying on fans can be much more energy efficient, especially ceiling fans that tend to help air circulate better around the whole room. At the same time, you don’t want that cool air being spoiled by invading heat. Closing the doors might seem like it would make the room closed in and stuffy, but the truth is that it stops the cool air from escaping. Declutter your rooms, too, so that air can circulate around the room much more easily, as opposed to getting blocked off by furniture that you might not be using.
Thought cutting your energy bills might be the aim, be willing to invest a little cash in how, exactly, you do it. Making a few purchases and upgrades now are going to help against those energy costs for years in the future, after all.