Saving energy can be a challenge during the warm summer months. Not only is the air conditioner running more consistently, but the outdoor heat also makes it difficult to produce the optimal indoor temperature. Thankfully, with a few simple tips and a little help from an electrician, it’s easy to boost the comfort of your home without causing utility bills to skyrocket.
4 Summertime Energy-Saving Tips
1. Schedule AC Maintenance
Neglecting routine AC maintenance allows issues to continue causing damage, which makes the unit work harder and use more energy. Increase efficiency by having an HVAC technician perform a thorough inspection. They’ll clean out the unit and replace any parts showing signs of failure.
2. Raise the Thermostat
The greater the difference in temperature between the indoors and outdoors, the harder the AC has to run. Try to find the highest temperature setting that suits your comfort. It’s easier for the system to maintain and prevents burnout.
Also, turn up the thermostat when you’re not at home.
3. Upgrade Light Bulbs
While incandescent light bulbs may seem small, 90% of the energy they use converts into heat. That’s why electricians recommend switching over to LEDs. They require approximately 25–80% less energy and can last up to 25 times longer before needing replacement.
4. Install Insulation
Avoid accidentally overworking the cooling system by keeping an eye out for leaks. Those around the windows may require a fresh application of caulk to produce a tight seal. Areas where the door doesn’t quite meet the floor can use weather stripping to prevent cool air from leaking out.
Keep your home cool and energy-efficient by working with Always On Electric. The locally owned and operated company offers electrical work throughout the Big Island, and their licensed electricians are available 24/7. Visit their website for a full list of services. For appointments, call (808) 965-1596 for the office or (808) 640-3391 to reach them on mobile.