As winter comes to a close and we look ahead to spring, it is time to think about those home maintenance needs that come with the new season. With warmer weather approaching, you might be thinking about how to save on your energy while keeping your home cool. 

You can do several things to conserve energy and save on that energy bill!

Use Windows Efficiently

Make sure you are helping your energy-saving efforts, not hurting them, by using your windows efficiently! On less humid days, open your windows to create a cross breeze that will naturally cool your home. Window treatments such as blinds, shades, or curtains can help to shade your home from the heat when the sun is beating in. Keep the warm spring and summer air out of the house by sealing cracks around older windows and doors with caulk.

Control Airflow

There are several things you can do to control airflow in your home. Use a programmable thermostat to your advantage. Adjust the temperature to cool during peak times that you are home and increase the temperature you are not home, including when you are on vacation. 

Utilize your ceiling fans to circulate the air at a lower energy cost than running your air conditioner. One source shared that the cost of running your ceiling fan is $0.53 per day compared to an air conditioner that will cost you $4.80 per day. Speaking of household fans: Did you know that your exhaust fans in your bathroom and kitchen can help pull the warm air from your home and send it outside? 

Tune-Up Your HVAC

Make sure your HVAC system is running at maximum efficiency by scheduling routine maintenance on your HVAC system. Many companies have yearly plans to keep you on track and prevent significant maintenance issues. Vacuum your air intake vents regularly to remove dust and make sure furniture or household objects are not blocking the airflow through your home. 

Check The Lights

Consider how your home lighting can help your energy efficiency and conservation. While you want to avoid direct sunlight, turn off the lights in your home and let the natural sunlight illuminate your home during daylight hours rather than artificial lighting. If you are still using incandescent bulbs, consider that only 10% of the electricity they use creates light, the rest is turned into heat. As a result, you are paying more for lights while raising your home's temperature. Instead, transition your home to LED lighting, which uses 75% less energy and lasts 25 times longer. Do you feel overwhelmed by home lighting options? Reach out to a professional to ensure your home lighting solutions operate efficiently. 

Contact Beach Electric today to speak with one of our electrical experts for all of your electrical needs. No job is too small - give us a call (321) 783-7030. We're ready to help!