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The summer can be an exciting time for people. It means school is out, family vacations, visits to the beach, fun in the sun, and it also means...that dreaded electric bill increase because you’re running the air conditioner.
Homeowners know the summertime usually means skyrocketing electric bills, but the alternative – being miserable in the scorching heat isn’t very appealing. Luckily, there are things you can do to save energy and reduce your summer electric bills.
There are lots of beautiful, historic homes in Boston and Cambridge, but the problem is that an older home can wreak havoc on your electric bill if you have old windows and doors, or aging window and door seals. A poorly-insulated attic is another sneaky culprit. Unless you have a brand-new home, your older home can be cooling the neighborhood without you realizing it, that is, until you look at your shocking electric bill.
If you’re doubtful that your home is well-insulated, contact Winters Home Services and schedule a service call. We can check your HVAC system and your home for leaks and recommend the best ways improve your home’s energy-efficiency.
Do you have one of those old thermostats from the 1970s or 1980s? If so, it’s time for an upgrade. If you don’t have a smart thermostat, such as Lux, Nest, Lyric, or Ecobee, it’s time to invest in one. Why make the switch? Because, with a smart thermostat, you can regulate the cooling in your home, even when you’re not there – this allows you to save money. Plus, many models allow you to adjust the settings remotely from an app on your smartphone!
Also, it’s important that your thermostat is on the right wall. For example, if it’s located right next to a hot window where lots of light comes in, your air conditioner can kick on a lot more often than it should because it thinks your home is hotter than it is.
Natural light can be really beautiful, but it can also increase your electric bills during the summer. If you work away from home during the day, we recommend closing the blinds and curtains while you’re gone. This not only cools your house, it prevents the AC from turning on, and it helps insulates the windows, which helps keep the cold air in your home from escaping outside. You may want to keep them closed when you’re home too.
Another great option is to switch from a conventional central air conditioning system to a ductless system, which allows you to control or turn off the cool air going to a room when it’s not occupied. This increases comfort, control, and saves money in the process!