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Top 20 energy saving tips for this summer
Summer in the Coachella Valley means less traffic and getting a table easily at your favorite local restaurant. It also means, high energy bills. When you live in the desert, saving as much energy as possible is a priority. Home efficiency means you are using less energy to do the same thing to help reduce your home’s energy waste and saving money. Here are some top tips to help your home or business save energy and be more efficient.
How-to make your home more energy efficient in the summer
1. Computers, cable boxes and other electronic appliances consume a surprising amount of energy. Be sure to unplug them and/or turn them off when you’re not using them.
2. This one is obvious. Turning off lights you don’t need will keep your home cooler, reducing the need for energy-intensive air conditioning. You can also replace old, incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient LED bulbs (which don’t generate nearly as much heat).
3. Use cold water when you wash your clothes. It’ll get them just as clean as hot water. Using appliances in off peak hours saves a lot of high energy costs.
4. Take shorter showers not only saves water — it saves energy. You can also take a cold shower, which might be refreshing on a hot day.
5. Be efficient. You can save a lot of energy by investing in energy-efficiency measures, from double-paned windows and “cool roofs” to high-efficiency air conditioners, refrigerators and ceiling fans. A complete home audit or evaluation is highly recommended.
6. Sealing cracks, gaps, leaks, and adding insulation can save up to 10% on home heating and cooling costs.
7. During warmer months, close blinds, shades and drapes on the sunny side of your home to help keep your home’s temperature cooler and reduce the work for you AC. You can also consider window tinting with UV Solar protectant.
8. If you have a patio that lets in light and heat, you can invest in a patio shade either permanent or a sail shade.
9. Take a break from the oven. Either grill your food or use a kitchen top grill.
10. Control your fixtures with a photocell or a timer to assure dusk-to-dawn only operation of your outdoor lights.
11. Using your ceiling fan or regular fans will help the flow of air and circulation.
12. Refrigerators and freezers actually operate most efficiently when full, so keep your refrigerator and freezer as full as possible. Be careful about overfilling them as this will reduce airflow and cause the appliance to work harder.
13. Using dishwashers and clothes washers/dryers at night will keep the house cooler, reduce strain on the power grid during the peak usage hours of 4 PM and 6 PM and reduce the chance of an emergency!
14. Turn off the heated dry setting on your dishwasher and air dry instead.
15. Set your refrigerator temperature to the manufacturer’s recommendation to avoid excessive cooling and wasting energy.
16. Don’t leave bathroom or kitchen ventilation fans running longer than necessary. They replace inside air with outside.
17. If your home has single-pane windows, consider replacing them with more energy efficient windows, or adding solar shades or tinting film.
18. Install a programmable thermostat that will automatically adjust the temperature according to your schedule.
19. Turn off the lights when they’re not in use. Lighting accounts for about 12% of a typical residential utility bill.
20. Avoid placing appliances that give off heat, such as lamps or TVs, near a thermostat.
Who can help?
At Intelli-HOME energy we use a whole home approach to energy savings. Our energy guide experts analyze your entire home for energy deficiencies and provides a home performance report to include water, natural gas, electricity, air and gasoline. Along with this report are recommendations for sustainable clean-energy alternatives. We also facilitate grants, rebates, incentives and discounts saving time and money and offer a financing program which usually zero’s out out-of-pocket monthly expenses off-set by the energy savings.