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Spring and Summer Energy Saving Tips

Now that the snow’s melted, the biggest consumer of electricity in many homes across the city transitions from heating systems to air conditioning. Here are some tips to help you stay comfortable this summer without breaking the bank:

  • If you have a central air conditioning system, have it inspected by a certified technician to ensure it’s running as efficiently as possible. Be sure to replace or clean any filters throughout the season while the unit is in operation.
  • Consider purchasing a programmable thermostat, which can make it easy to adjust the temperature in your house while you’re away without sacrificing comfort. Did you know that, for each degree you increase the temperature on your thermostat, you can save between 3- and 5 percent on energy costs.  
  • If you’re in the market for a window-unit or room air conditioner, look for the Energy Star label. Energy Star certified models use about 10 percent less energy than traditional units. And be sure the air conditioner is sized properly to cool the area you need it to cool for maximum efficiency.
  • Use a fan instead of air conditioning.
  • Or just open the windows and doors after the sun sets.
  • Keep shades or blinds closed during the day to block the sun’s heat from infiltrating your house.
  • Make the switch to LED light bulbs. LEDs use a fraction of the energy of incandescent bulbs, have gotten much less expensive in the last few years and emit much less heat than traditional bulbs.
  • Forgo the clothes dryer and use a clothes line to dry your clothes. This will save energy and prolong the life of your clothes.
  • Consider planting trees or landscaping around your house to boost shade and reduce the sun’s impact on the indoor temperature.
  • Seal any air leaks, to keep cool air in and hot air out.