Is Your Bill Higher Than Normal?

You may have done nothing different but Mother Nature may have made a few changes. Has the weather been hotter in your area? If so, your appliances at home may be working harder. Be smarter so you can save energy and money.

REC’s energy advisers, Paul Gillespie and Rich Mialki Jr., have a few tips to help you keep cool and save money.

  • During the summer, set your thermostat to 78 degrees. “To maximize your energy savings, keep it a little warmer in the summer,” says Mialki. “If this seems too warm, try to stick to 78 during the day when the house is empty. You will be amazed at what a few degrees difference on your
    thermostat can save you. At night, lower the thermostat one to two degrees at a time to cool off the house. The unit will function more efficiently in the cool night air.”
  • Seal air leaks. Did you know up to 25 percent of conditioned air is lost through small cracks and holes? It’s important to make sure your windows are closed and latched. Don’t forget to check doors as well. “On a windy day you can check for drafts by running the back of your hand around the seals,” says Mialki.

Have time for a summer project?

Gillespie and Mialki say you may want to consider your attic, another energy hog. Similar to skylights, attics without drywall or proper insulation cause conditioned air to leak. Make sure your attic has proper insulation as well as a door that seals the attic off as tightly as possible.

Check out other tips from Gillespie and Mialki in our Ask the Energy Experts section.

 

Photo of woman working with thermostat in the summer