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Minimize summer heat impact to your bill
By John Moreno on July 6, 2015
Now that the much-needed rain has temporarily left the area, the summer heat is on -meaning the actual temperature, not just the humidity, is starting to rise. With the higher temps also come the potential for buying more energy. Especially, if you’re trying to keep your home cool.
Carving more out of your budget for electric bills can be a challenge. But there are ways to save energy and money that may help you avoid sticker shock when you open your next bill.
Here are some low-cost/no-cost ways to save from both us and the Dept. of Energy:
- Set the thermostat between 78° F and 80° F when at home and raise it 3° when you’re away. It’s best not to turn off central A/C unless you’re going to be away from home for more than three days. Window units can be turned on and off as needed since they’re generally used to cool a smaller space.
- Typically, an A/C unit will perform at its best when kept at no less than 20° below the outside temperature.
- Request a programmable thermostat or a Cool Energy smart A/C kit for your window unit – look for Ways to Save. Or, buy a Nest Learning Thermostat and get a rebate from us.
- Check and, if needed, change the A/C filter as often as every two weeks.
- Keep the refrigerator door closed as much as possible.
- Install gaskets behind light switch plate covers on the inside of exterior walls to minimize air leakage.
May through September are the hottest months of the year for San Antonio. So, it should come as no surprise that the summer heat helps create the highest energy bills of the year. But did you know that humidity also can play a role? We’ll have more on that tomorrow.