Summer goes frequently with rising energy bills. The air con is turned on and the lights are always on, because the blinds are closed to prevent heat from entering the house. Over the summer, there are endless common practices that contribute to rising energy and electricity bills. But saving energy in summer does not mean heat swelling when a few small changes can go a long way to cut energy costs.
- A home energy audit may save hundreds of dollars a year. By checking your home thoroughly, you can find ways to reduce energy use. Consider installing water – saving shower heads in the bathroom or simply cutting down on the shower time. In a room, for example, if there are fans, heaters, air conditioners and TVs, unplug them when not in use. Consider using the fan to cool down one room more than turning the air conditioner on.
- Switch to solar power
Switch to solar power Solar power uses the energy released by the sun to power your home. In 2018, the solar power system cost 40 percent less than it did when it was first introduced, which means that it will not be long until you save not only thousands of dollars a year on electricity but also in the future from rising energy prices.
- Use cold or warm wash setting for the washing machine
Use cold or warm washing machines to heat the water 90 percent of the energy used by the washing machine. Therefore, loading laundry on the cold or warm cycle saves a lot of energy. Also, try not to use the dryer, use the warm weather instead and hang out your clothes to dry in the sun. You will avoid dryer costs and keep your home cool by not running heat – generating appliances.
- LED lighting
See the terms luminous effectiveness or useful lumens when comparing the energy efficiency of different light bulbs. The terms describe the amount of light emitted by a power unit consumed by the light bulb. LED bulbs generally consume very low power, resulting in a 60 – 75 percent improvement in the energy efficiency of a house lighting solutions.
- Control the sunlight in your home
Sun heat can warm up a home to uncomfortable levels that allow people to reach for air con or fan control. Instead of using energy, try to block sunlight from windows. By putting blinds, air is trapped at the window and cannot enter the rooms. Any window shading from the panel blinds to block rollers will help to trap air, keep a home cool without the air conditioner.
- Maximise airflow to cool the house
Air movement cools people in still conditions by increasing evaporation. It requires well-designed openings such as windows, doors and vents and works off the premise of unrestricted trails of breeze. If the breeze can move freely through a house and its openings, the air movement works to cool down a house. The idea of airflow works best in narrow or open plan layouts where the breeze is accessed and exited.
- Use houseplants
Plants are not only for aesthetics, they can also help cool a house in warmer months naturally. Plants can work these wonders because they lose water during the transpiration process (water evaporation from plant leaves) which cools the air around the plants, leaving it purified. Plants such as aloe vera cool the air temperature and remove formaldehyde from the air as the fiscus tree stays cool and reduces air pollution.
- Implement smart technology to control the electricity use in your home
Using smart technology will help reduce costs by creating custom schedules to eliminate unnecessary energy use. Installing intelligent vents in your home helps to reduce energy waste by regulating room temperatures rather than cooling down or warming a whole house. Smart window blinds can detect sunlight and open the house with natural warmth or prevent too much sun.
- Clean your air conditioner
grime can be caught in the air conditioner filter over the years. If grime is left in the filter, the unit needs 15 percent more power. Cleaning the filter a few times a year or even replacing the filter when worn out will save you long – term money. The money saved by keeping the filter in top condition will reduce power bills significantly over time.
- Install an energy efficient pool pump
You can save energy and maintain a comfortable swimming temperature with a high efficiency pool pump. The bigger the pump, the higher the cost, the smaller the size is preferable. Pool pumps also run far longer than needed. The pump works to circulate the water of the pool to keep the chemicals mixed and the debris in the bay. However, longer flow time does not mean better circulation. Try to reduce filtration to 6 hours a day to keep the pool clean and energy-saving.