While we are all looking forward to summer, it’s safe to say we are NOT looking forward to the dreaded increase in our energy bills. Turning the AC on full blast, using more water, and running fans all day can all end up costing you.

Energy Efficiency

So let’s talk through some easy ways you can increase your home’s energy efficiency and have a little more money in your pocket at the end of summer.

5 easy ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency.

1. Grilling more can reduce energy bills.

Steak

That’s right. We’re telling you to get outside. This may seem obvious, BUT when you cook in your kitchen, and use the stove or oven, your house heats up. This causes your AC to work harder than it needs to, costing you money.

Check out some of our grilling recipes to help you with your next cookout.

2. Close your curtains during the day to cool off your home.

Energy Efficiency

Closing your curtains will help block the sun’s rays from heating up your home. This will also help keep your furniture, flooring, and other items from fading.

Read our UV safety tips to learn more about how to keep your furniture from fading.

3. Investing in a new AC unit can save you money.

AC

Yes- this an investment up front, but with a new, more energy efficient unit you’ll save a lot of money in the long run.

4. Program your thermostat for optimum energy efficiency.

Programmable Thermostat

It’s recommended to set your thermostat to 78 degrees when you’re at home and 85 degrees when you’re gone for optimum energy efficiency.

5. Turn off your AC and open your windows at night.

Energy Efficiency

Natural ventilation at night will save your AC from getting a workout during the day. And if you close your curtains during the day, you can actually trap the cooler air in your home. In addition, investing in energy efficient windows can help you save money on your energy bills.

For more energy saving tips read how to Improve Energy Efficiency in Your Home.