July 22, 2019
If you live in the Falmouth, MA area, you know how hot summers on Cape Cod can get. Don’t sweat it! There are simple ways you can lower your energy use and stay cool through the hottest days of the year.
5 Simple Ways to Save Energy
1. Use Curtains Wisely
We love a sunny morning on the Cape just as much as you do! But remember, the more the sun shines into your home, the higher your indoor temperature will climb. Keep curtains shut during the hottest parts of the day to avoid making your air conditioner work harder than it needs to.
2. Get Grilling
Cooking outside is what summer is all about! Whether you are hosting a neighborhood gathering or simply cooking dinner for your family, grilling is a healthy and fun way to prepare meals. Using the grill instead of your oven will help prevent heating up your kitchen, which can cause your A/C to switch into overdrive.
3. Don’t Forget about Fans
Do you have ceiling fans in your home? Using ceiling fans in tandem with your A/C system can lower your thermostat by up to 4 degrees. While the fans run, you’ll feel cooler without having to crank up the A/C. Just remember to shut the fans off when you leave the room!
4. Install a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats are the ultimate energy-savers. You can set your thermostat to automatically turn down your air conditioner during times that you are regularly away from the house or asleep. This way, you’ll be spending money and using energy only when you are around to enjoy it.
5. Seal Air Leaks and Drafts
Windows and doors are the common culprits for drafts or air leaks. Check yours to make sure there’s no space for cool air to escape outside, or for hot air to get in.
Important Measures for Your A/C
The above tips are super helpful to lower your daily energy use. But don’t forget about the “big ticket” items on your summer to-do list! Make sure you’ve had an air conditioning system tune-up from your local HVAC professional. Additionally, it is a good idea to sign up for a service plan for added coverage and peace of mind. If your air conditioner is 10 years or older, the best move is to upgrade to high-efficiency A/C to significantly reduce your energy bills for years.