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15 energy saving tips to help you save during spring and summer months.

Dishwashers are much more efficient than hand washing

It’s a fact. We’re all continually looking for ways to save energy and money. But, we all need air conditioning to stay comfortable during the soaring temperatures of the summer. Stay cool this summer without breaking the bank with our 15 energy saving tips that any homeowner can use! Some you can quickly (and easily) do today, while others require a little more time, effort or planning.

1. Stop hand washing your dishes

Did you know that your dishwasher uses less water than washing dishes by hand? You can use nearly 5,000 more gallons of water a year if you hand wash your dishes, as opposed to using an Energy Star® qualified dishwasher*. Let dishes air dry to save even more energy.

2. Use your microwave

Microwaves are designed specifically for heating liquid (or the liquid contained within food). Its heat waves are not wasted on heating the air or container around your food. Microwaves use 1/3 less energy than the stove. Better yet, save even more on your electricity bill by using your gas BBQ to grill more meals!

3. Replace your inefficient air conditioner

Replacing old cooling equipment with a new, energy-efficient model is the best way to save on energy costs. Contact a professional for air conditioning services to determine which replacement is ideal for your home.

4. Weatherproof your home

Weather-strip, seal, and caulk leaky doors and windows. It’s possible that more than 20% of air moving through your system is leaking into spaces you do not want cooled.

5. Look for Energy Star® products

Buy Energy Star® lamps and light fixtures, and replace your incandescent light bulbs that are used more than two hours per day, with Energy Star® compact fluorescent bulbs.

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6. Replace any old, drafty windows

If your windows are due for replacement, Energy Star® windows can make your house more comfortable and energy-efficient all year round.

7. Not using it? Turn if off

Turn off any appliances, light,s and equipment when not in use. Even doing just this one small thing that we mostly forget about doing, can contribute to savings on annual energy costs.

8. Wash your clothes in warm or cold water

Do your laundry efficiently by using the warm or cold-water setting. Always use cold water to rinse your clothes.

9. Avoid peak energy times

To save money on your energy bills and to prevent electricity outages, avoid running appliances during peak hours, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m or anytime an electricity emergency is declared.

10. Made in the shade

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Shade your home from direct sunlight – use shades, drapes and awnings to block the sun from heating your home.

11. Install a programmable thermostat

Your air conditioning works hard to remove moisture from the air and reduce humidity inside your home. Install a programmable thermostat and set the temperature a little higher (around 78-80°F). Each degree above 78° can help you save 6-8% in cooling costs.

12. Install a whole house fan in your attic

On some days, a whole house fan can be used in place of your air conditioner. Whole house fans work by drawing cool air into your home through the windows while forcing hot air out through your attic vents.

13. Replace your dirty AC filters

Dirty AC filters restrict airflow and can cause the system to run longer, increasing energy use. Replace filters monthly for maximum benefit.

14. Use your dryer efficiently

Use your dryer efficiently and sparingly

When you need to run the dryer, run full loads only and make sure to clean the clothes dryer lint trap after each use.

15. Give your dryer a rest

Line dry clothes whenever you can.

Need help?

Don’t wait until a heat wave strikes. Keep your AC units running smoothly all summer long, so you stay cool and comfortable. Contact us today to ensure that your air conditioner equipment is energy-efficient and in solid working condition.

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