6 California Home Energy Tips to Save Your Summer Spending
It feels great to have your air conditioning unit doing the hard work while you sit back with your family and relax. But sometimes we have a little seed of guilt that sprouts as soon as we see the energy bill.
Of the abundance of ways you can cut your energy bills, we’ve highlighted our 6 best tips for saving money this summer in the Riverside, CA area. Try some out for yourself!
1. Know When to Say Goodbye to Your Air Filter
How long has your air filter been gathering dust? Chances are, if it’s older than six months (depending on the type) or you can’t shine a light through it, it is definitely done. The average home should require a change every three months.
With the efficiency of your HVAC jumping by 5 – 15% going from a dirty to clean filter, it’s a real money-saver.
2. Give Your Ceiling Fans Exercise
It takes less energy to run a fan than your AC. You can raise your thermostat a little when running fans and experience savings.
3. Use AC Time Wisely
When no one is home, it is best for your finances to turn the thermostat up a few degrees. With modern thermostats, you can even have WiFi capabilities so that you can turn it up later if you forget when leaving the house.
4. Control Airflow With Your Vents
Cool air sinks and warm air rises. If your house has more than one story, consider closing off some of the vents to the lower portion to prevent you from raising your thermostat just to cool the upstairs.
5. Do a Little Caulking
The animals outside probably don’t need air conditioning. You can test if your cool air is seeping out by walking around the perimeter of your home and running your hand along the cracks in windows and doors. It’s a pretty simple process if you’re up for a little home improvement, and the materials are relatively inexpensive.
6. Call AAP Home Services For Maintenance
You probably already know that regular maintenance will keep your system from breaking down, but a lot of homeowners don’t realize that it can also restore efficiency as well.
If it’s been awhile since your last AC maintenance, call AAP Home Services at (951) 309-0847 and experience immediate energy savings!