With summer temperatures soaring, Australians have to become more creative when it comes to finding ways to reduce energy use during the hot months. Energy bills spike during these months as people do their best to keep their homes cool. Read on for Hunter Valley Electrics’ summer cooling tips to keep your home energy efficient even on hot days.
Check Your Air Conditioning
Make sure you get your air conditioning system thoroughly serviced before the summer begins. A poorly maintained air conditioner has to work much harder to keep a room cool, which means drawing more power and using it inefficiently.
Choose LED Light Bulbs
Incandescent light bulbs are extremely inefficient and expensive to use, especially when compared to LED bulbs. Traditional bulbs only manage to use 15% of the energy they eat up while LED lights are energy efficient and use 75% less energy than their counterparts. They last much longer, run cooler and while they cost more initially, they are worth the investment.
Use Your Thermostat Wisely
Install a smart thermostat in your home which monitor your home in real time and make minor adjustments as required to regulate the amount of power your home uses. A traditional thermostat can cause your energy bills to spike drastically.
Close Your Blinds
This might sound a bit too simple but taking the time to shut your blinds and curtains during the day helps to reduce the greenhouse effect caused by glass windows. Natural light streaming in during the day will heat up your home and the best way to avoid this is to block out as much light as you can.
Insulate your Home
High quality insulating materials are an excellent way to seal windows and other openings which can cause cool air to leak out of your home. Research shows that 40% of a home’s energy is lost through window cracks and other improperly sealed openings. Be sure to check attics, floors and other surfaces through which heat can creep in.
Invest in a Dehumidifier
Not many people know this, but an energy efficient dehumidifier combined with your air conditioner helps lower moisture in the air in your home. Dry air is makes it easier for you’re A/C to do its job which reduces the load it has to take, making it cheaper to run.
Invest in Solar Power
We believe that every Australian has the right to cool their home in the summer without feeling anxious about energy bills. The best way to drastically reduce your monthly energy bill is to invest in renewable solar energy today. Solar will instantly reduce your reliance on expensive main grid electricity, provide greater efficiency, increase the value of your home and even generate income over time with the option to sell energy back to the grid.
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Drop your utility bills by implementing these summer saving tips in your summer energy saving plan. For a truly energy efficient lifestyle, make the switch to solar and enjoy incredible savings all year round. By combining insulation, solar power, good thermostat habits and a new outlook towards your impact on the environment, you can save energy all year round and be part of the sustainable future that we all desire. Contact Hunter Valley Electrics today for the best residential solar systems in NSW.