It’s getting hot out there! While it might be a welcome change from the cold winter we had, it’s not any easier on our energy usage. While there are the simple things we can always do to save energy, like unplug unused electronics, turn off lights when we’re not in the room, and switch out incandescent bulbs for CFLs, there are some other summer energy saving tips we’d like to share!
If you have single-pane windows, replacing them with Energy Star-qualified products will save you between $126 and $465 a year, depending on the number of replacement windows and where you live. However, if you already have double-paned windows, you may not enjoy enough energy savings to justify the expense.
The right window treatments can save a lot of energy. For example, when completely closed and lowered on a sunny window, highly reflective blinds can reduce heat gain by around 45 percent. Honeycomb blinds are also a great choice because they insulate with the honeycomb pockets.
Additionally, window awnings can reduce solar heat gain in the summer by up to 65 percent on south-facing windows and 77 percent on west-facing windows.
According to Energy.gov, using a ceiling fan allows people to raise their thermostats about four degrees without any reduction in comfort. EnergyHub estimates that each degree reduction in your home’s temperature control can save you three percent on your utility bill per year. That can add up!
Find out more about how ceiling fans work to save you energy.