Summertime energy savings can be a challenge for homeowners in Middlesex and Norfolk counties. Summer temperatures can hit the 90s or higher, making many homeowners feel like they’re fighting a losing battle. However, with a little help from your friends at Victory · Heating · Air Conditioning · Plumbing, you can make your house as energy efficient as possible.
Low –Cost Energy Solutions
- Choose Energy Star certified products: Replace existing lamps, light bulbs and thermostats when you can with Energy Star products that are known to save energy. You may think these are little items, but they can significantly reduce your electric bill over time.
- Replace air filters regularly: Check the HVAC system’s air filter monthly and replace it as soon as dirt begins accumulating on the media. Old or dirty filters can cause your system to run longer than necessary, causing energy costs to rise.
Long-Term Energy Solutions
- Replace old appliances: If you’re in the market for a new refrigerator or air conditioner, it’s worth the added cost to get models with the Energy Star logo. An Energy Star certified refrigerator can save you on average between 2 to 3 percent on energy bills.
- Seal air leaks: Seal up gaps around windows and or frames, which can let cool air out and cause your air conditioner to work harder. Also check your home’s ductwork for leaks, which can cause a 25 percent increase in cooling costs.
- Ensure quality ventilation: A whole-house fan installed in the attic can remove hot air and allergens, keeping cooling costs down and improving air quality.
No-Cost Energy Tips
- Don’t waste energy: Many homeowners are unaware of simple ways to save, including hanging clothes to dry, running the dishwasher only when full and setting the thermostat to 78 degrees when you’re not home to cut down on cooling bills.
- Be efficient in the kitchen: Using the microwave rather than the stove can reduce the need for air conditioning. You can also keep a stocked fridge to stop it from becoming warm and putting out more energy to stay cold.
If you’re interested in more summertime energy savings tips, contact Victory • Heating • Air Conditioning • Plumbing. We proudly serve the HVAC needs of the Middlesex and Norfolk counties.
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