Higher energy consumption is pretty much inevitable in the summertime, with the AC blasting to keep cool and the summer sun beating down. However, there are several ways to make your home more energy-efficient.
Here are a few energy saving tips to help you survive the summer heat!
Invest in Smart Energy
Smart energy devices, such as energy monitors and smart thermostats, are the “next big thing” in energy-efficient homes. Thermostat systems like the Nest thermostat learn your habits and program themselves so that you don’t have to constantly adjust the thermostat.
Similarly, smart energy monitors wire into your home and connect to your phone to measure data about your house’s energy and help you manage it. Although it can be an upfront investment, smart technology for your home will save you a lot of money in the long run.
Use Window Coverings
Window coverings, such as blinds, curtains, shades and shutters, can make a big difference in your summer energy bill.
Windows can only do so much to keep the cool in and the heat out during the summer, but external or internal coverings can help to boost your windows and provide an extra barrier to keep the cool air in. Additionally, they are great for privacy, so you can keep both the heat and the nosy neighbors out!
It happens every day — you forget to turn the light off in the kitchen or the bathroom when you walk out. Not only does this waste energy, but the heat produced from leaving the lights on doesn’t make your air conditioner’s job any easier. Just the simple act of turning lights off when they aren’t in use can make a difference in your energy bill.
If you don’t have them already, LED light bulbs are an even better way to save. These energy-efficient bulbs can save you up to 75% on the cost of lights for your home. Throw out those incandescent bulbs, and switch to LEDs for some major summer energy savings!
Keep Doors and Windows Closed
Especially during hot, Texas summers, leaving doors and windows open for longer than necessary is an invitation to let hot air into the house, making the AC work harder. Just like leaving the lights on, open doors are wasteful and drive up your energy bill.
Energy-Efficient Windows & Siding
Outdated windows are a major cause of drafts in the house, which are caused by leaks in the window seal. Leaks make your AC work much harder due to the extra heat entering the home, and they could be costing you a lot of money. Replacing outdated or broken windows with energy-efficient windows can save you a fortune on energy expenses.
At Window World TX, we provide Energy Star-certified windows with the latest technology to make your home more energy efficient. With packages for UV protection, insulated windows and more, we have all the tools you need to improve your home’s efficiency.
The insulating properties of vinyl siding and full masonry siding slow heat gain, stop energy loss and can even protect your home from fire and extreme weather conditions. Window World TX offers the best in San Antonio siding installation services.
Ready to save money with energy-efficient windows? Contact Window World TX for a free estimate!