Energy Saving Tips To Beat The Houston Heat

As the temperature rises it’s important to stay on top of your home’s energy use. Keep these energy saving tips in mind as you try to keep your electric bill in check this summer.

Turn that thermostat… up?

As great as an iceberg-like home feels on a hot day, try to get in the habit of setting the temperature to 78 degrees when you’re home. Even higher when you’re gone. This may sound terrible in Texas heat, but you’ll be surprised by the savings. Rely on ceiling fans to keep you cool more than anything, don’t forget to replace your air filter, and if there are any vents leading to unused rooms, close them. (Consider investing in a programmable thermostat if you’re feeling fancy.)

Be smart with all of your big appliances.

Use cold water when doing laundry, and only run the dryer when you have a full load. The moisture-sensing setting on your dryer will be your best friend if you’re unable to line dry clothes. Don’t forget to clean out that lint trap as well. The full load idea works well with the dishwasher, too. If you think you’re saving by hand washing the dishes every night, think again. Your dishwasher will use less water. You can even let them air-dry. When possible, use your microwave more than your stove. Why? It uses two-thirds less energy. Also, pay attention to how much food is in your refrigerator. A full fridge is a happy fridge — more food means less cooling every time the door is opened.

Other things to consider:

Simple actions like unplugging appliances, electronics, and turning off power strips when not in use can go a long way. Swap out old light bulbs with more updated, energy-efficient ones. Keep blinds shut and curtains drawn during the day to prevent sunlight from heating up your home. Make sure your attic is properly insulated. There are plenty of these steps you can take to ensure that your house stays cool and comfortable all summer long.

If you’re in need of any electrical repairs, including air conditioning or appliances, give Mister Sparky a call at (713) 428-2120 or contact us online today!

 

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