Summer in Sarasota and Manatee means running the AC 24/7 for most of us, but it’s not the air conditioning system alone that pumps up utility bills. Fortunately there are a number of ways to curb expenses and still stay cool all summer long.
- Cover up: A simple and decorative way to help cool your home is to keep window blinds closed and curtains drawn. This will block the heat streaming in with the sunlight. If that feels too dark and gloomy go ahead and invest in a few tall and bushy houseplants and place them in front of your sunniest windows. Also if you have north facing windows you can leave the blinds open because they get very little sun but allow lots of light in.
- Become a fan of fans: Nobody is suggesting you turn off your air conditioning in the summer (or anytime) but why not supersize your cool through the strategic use of ceiling, floor and/or table fans? Try raising the temperature on your thermostat a few degrees and running these fans in your most used rooms and area. This will help circulate cool air without using much power. Remember to turn the fans off when you are not using them.
- Use power strips: Did you know that consumer electronics – like TVs, computers and docking stations – continue to draw energy when you are not using them? The solution: plug them into a power strip or two and then turn the strips off when you are away and at night.
- Wash at night: It may mean a change in routine, but consider waiting till the cooler evening hours to run your dishwasher and your washer/dryer. That way, your appliances will not be compounding the use of electricity while your AC is working its hardest.
- Nix your oven: The last thing you want to do in the summer is stand over a hot stovetop or have the oven heat up the entire kitchen at dinnertime. Three tips: plan ahead to combine when you cook meals the oven, grill outdoors and take a look online to find tons of yummy recipes for no-cook meals.
- Use a Programmable Thermostat: Tweaking your thermostat frequently wastes energy, a programmable thermostat can be provided and installed by our Air Conditioning technicians on your next maintenance visit. Just let us know.