Summer is right around the corner, and it’s going to be here faster than you know it. School will soon be out and those of us lucky enough to live in Jacksonville, Florida will be taking daily trips down to the beach. A lot of great things come with summer, but with those great things comes a not so great energy bill.
No matter where you live in this country (but especially if you live in the hot and humid south), your air conditioner unit will likely be on full blast for a few months come July and August. This could mean a serious cringe every time you check your energy bill. However, there are some ways that you can lower that bill without sacrificing any heat this summer. Best of all, these ways will help you go green too!
The key is to start prepping for the summer heat right now, so everything is good to go once the temperatures start to rise. If you’re looking for some ways to lower your energy bill and go green without sacrificing comfort this summer, check out these tips.
Consider a Solar Ready HVAC System
One of the best ways that you can dramatically reduce your summer cooling bill is to install a solar ready HVAC system. In fact, you may be able to reduce your heating and cooling bills by up to half if you install one of these solar systems.
In addition to the cost benefits that a solar HVAC system offers, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that you’re doing your part in becoming more environmentally friendly. If that wasn’t enough, a solar HVAC system might make you eligible for certain tax credits. If you keep your air conditioner on blast all summer, a solar HVAC system might be perfect for you.
Clean Your Air Ducts
If you live in an area of the country where you use your air conditioner for most of the summer, you should seriously consider cleaning your air ducts before those hot days arrive. Cleaning your air ducts has numerous wide-ranging benefits, and could prevent possible health problems if there is mold found in the ducts. It also will help reduce pollution in the environment.
Additionally, cleaning your air ducts will likely result in a cheaper energy bill. In most cases, air duct cleaning is not something that needs to be done on a regular basis, and it only needs to be done when absolutely necessary. Consult with a local expert to see if your energy bill might benefit from an air duct.
Invest in Quality Fans
During those hot summer days your air conditioner might be a lifesaver. But you’ve probably experienced those days that are just on the verge of requiring your air conditioner, and a fan might just do the trick. If possible, invest in some quality fans before summer starts and use them when you can.
If you live in an area that’s very hot, use your air conditioner during the day but shut it down at night. Turn the fans on, and make sure you keep your windows closed so the cold air from the air conditioner stays inside.
That, combined with the use of your fans, should be enough to keep you cool and reduce your energy bill.