How to Save Energy in the Summer

How to Save Energy in the Summer

Climate Design has been in the HVAC and plumbing business in the Tampa Bay area for over 40 years. Throughout that time, we have consistently helped customers save money by reducing the amount of energy that they use in Florida’s deadly summers, mild winters and everything in between. We do this through an extensive checklist that our AC and plumbing technicians use for each service call and every air conditioner they work on. Keep reading for just a sampling of some energy saving tips we give to our customers to help them save money.

12 Ways to Save Energy & Money This Summer

1. Turn down the thermostat. Lowering your thermostat by just one degree can reduce heating energy costs by about four percent. Try setting your thermostat to 78 degrees when you’re at home and 85 degrees, or off, when you’re away.

2. Use ceiling fansCeiling fans can keep your home cool and comfortable while conserving energy in the process. Although ceiling fans alone won’t be enough to cool your home, when used in conjunction with your AC, they can do the trick. Ceiling fans create air movement throughout the room, which helps you keep your cool while using less energy.

3. Change your air filter. When was the last time you changed your air filter? If you can’t remember, then chances are it’s been too long. One of the easiest ways to conserve energy in the summertime (and year round) is by regularly changing your air filter. When you don’t change the air filter regularly, your AC has to work much harder to provide the same cooling power. As a result, your home won’t be as cool as possible and your energy bill will be higher.

4. Seal your air ducts. Did you know that leaky air ducts can increase your cooling costs by as much as 25 percent? Because you likely use your air conditioner more during the summertime, it’s important that your air ducts are properly sealed. If not, your home won’t be as comfortable as possible and your money will almost literally be flying out of the window. If you suspect your air ducts are leaky, contact the professionals at Climate Design. One of our experienced technicians can test your air ducts to ensure they don’t have any leaks or restrictions.

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5. Conserve energy by purchasing major appliances with an Energy Star rating. Compared to a 1990 model, an Energy Star-qualified refrigerator would save enough electricity to light a home for more than four and a half months.

6. Repair leaky plumbing fixtures: one drop per second from a leaky faucet can waste as much as 10 gallons of water each week.

7. Install low-flow showerheads, faucets, and toilets. Low-flow faucets reduce water consumption and the cost of heating water by as much as 50 percent; using a low-flow toilet can save Americans 2.1 trillion gallons of water and $11.3 million nationwide every day.

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8. Choose carpeting, rugs, window treatments and other textiles made from natural fibers like cotton or wool, which are untreated and free of toxins, such as pesticides or chemical cleaners.

9. Ask for flooring products made from rapidly renewable resources, such as bamboo. Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world, requiring no replanting and little fertilization or pesticides.

10. Select solid woods harvested from sustainably-managed forests, when possible, for furniture or cabinetry, rather than pressed woods or composites that may contain formaldehyde or other chemicals that may be toxic and hazardous to your health.

11. Eliminate waste by choosing products that are biodegradable or recyclable. Consider the “lifecycle” of furnishings and accessories before purchasing: Are they made of materials that can be reused or recycled when the item eventually wears out or is no longer needed?

12. Recycle packing and shipping materials from any newly purchased items, and safely dispose of paint cans and other containers with contents that could potentially contaminate the ground or water supply.

Save Energy and Money with Tips from Climate Design

At Climate Design, we want your home to be cool and comfortable year round, without putting a dent in your wallet. That’s why we’re dedicated to providing quality HVAC products and services that keep you cool while conserving energy. Contact one of our friendly team members today to learn how a new AC system can conserve energy or for more information about how you can save money on your electric bills.

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