Winter weather may still be in the forecast, but the first day of spring is only a month away. As the warmer weather approaches and our thoughts turn to making outdoor plans and adventures, it’s important to ensure your home is ready to help save you money and energy during the summer months.
Follow these tips to help keep you and your family cool while saving energy and money:
- At night, turn off the air conditioning and open your windows. In the morning, shut windows and blinds to capture the cold air from the night before.
- Use window coverings to prevent heat gain during the day.
- Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The small difference between indoor and outdoor temperature
- Keep your home warmer than normal when you are away. A programmable thermostat is a great way to ensure temperature control when you’re not at home.
- Turn off ceiling fans when you leave a room.
- Install an Energy Star rate ventilation fans in your kitchen and bathrooms to remove heat and humidity in your home.
- Schedule regular maintenance for your HVAC system and always change the filters according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Install LED light bulbs to reduce heat and save energy.
- Wash only full loads of laundry to help save on water and power use.
- Prevent hot air from leaking into your home during the summer months by sealing air leaks in your attic and around doors and windows.
- During warm weather, hang wet laundry out to air dry.
Not sure where to start? A home energy assessment is a great place to star. You can find out where you can improve energy efficiency in your home. UGI Electric is currently offering residential electric customers the chance to win a Home Energy Assessment for only $50 (a $500 value)! To find out how you can enter to win your home energy assessment and a $100 Lowe’s gift card, click here.