Summer is upon us! But that warm weather we’ve been waiting for all year also comes with substantial surges in our utility bills! Fortunately there are a few easy steps you can take in order to help keep your energy bills low this summer. At In the Sky, we do more than keep your home safe with state of the art alarm systems, we also help you keep your energy bills low as the temperature rises with home automation technology. Home automation can help you regulate your thermostat throughout the day as the temperature changes and as people come and go so that you don’t need to blast the A/C all day long. But there are other ways that you can help keep your energy bills low this summer.
Don’t Use AC When You Don’t Need It
Turning your AC off while you’re sleeping can result in huge savings. Even adjusting the temperature before you leave your house (assuming nobody will be home) will yield savings. In the summer, the thermostat should be set no lower than 78°F to 80°F. For every degree the thermostat is raised, 4% to 8% can be saved on cooling costs!
Insulate Your House From Leaky Doors and Windows
Air leakage occurs when air from the outside enters and conditioned air leaves your house through cracks and openings. Although you may not notice it, this makes it harder and more expensive for you to ventilate your home. Reducing the flow of air leaking in and out of your home is a cost-effective way to cut the price of cooling and maximize the functionality of your air conditioning system. Caulking and weather-stripping are the two most simple and effective air-sealing techniques that offer quick returns after investing. Caulk is used to fill cracks and openings between stationary and foundational house components, such as around door and window frames, and weather-stripping is used to seal operational components, such as doors and operable windows
Treat of Cover Windows
Window treatments or coverings don’t just decorate your home, they can also help you save energy. Some carefully selected window treatments can prevent your house from heating up under the summer sun. There are two options for window treatments: blinds and drapes. When fully pulled down and closed over a window with a lot of sun exposure, blinds can reduce heat gain by up to 45%. During summer days, you can close draperies on windows receiving direct sunlight to prevent heat gain as well. Drapes can reduce heat gain by 33%.
In The Sky Las Vegas
It’s often the little things that make the biggest difference in your energy bill so working on these little things can see your energy bill drop dramatically when summer comes around. In the Sky can help you reduce your energy bill this summer by setting you up with the best home automation systems to regulate your energy usage. Contact us today.