Top 10 Energy-Saving Tips: Summer Edition

Written by: Andre Medeiros

I prepared a helpful guide that summarizes the best tips for saving energy. This guide will help you save energy during the summer and throughout the year.

  1. Set your thermostat. Keep your thermostat at 78° (every degree increase saves 6-8%) when you’re home and 85° when you’re away.
  2. Use fans wisely. Fans cool the person, not the room. These lifesavers circulate the air to make you feel cooler which makes you more comfortable with increasing the thermostat a few degrees. But, make sure to turn them off when nobody is in the room.
  3. Turn on those ceiling fans. Ceiling fans allow you to increase your thermostat by 4 degrees and not notice a change in temperature. Fans that have the ENERGY STAR label move air 20% more efficiently than non-ENERGY STAR fans.
  4. Replace those old light bulbs. Lighting makes up about 10% of home electricity costs. You can save 80% or more of that energy by simply replacing your traditional incandescent bulbs with CFLs or LEDs. Also, CFLs can last 10 times longer than incandescents and LEDs can last 25 times longer.
  5. Switch to a high-efficiency air conditioner. If you use a window or wall unit, you can upgrade an outdated appliance and reduce your energy use by 20-50%.
  6. If you like to heat your pool, use either a high efficiency or solar pool heater or a pool cover. This will significantly lower your heating bills. If you are a Contra Costa Water District customer, you can receive a $50 rebate for the purchase of a new pool cover. Pool covers can be purchased from any store as long as they meet the terms and conditions of the program. For more information, click here.
  7. Unplug those appliances and electronics when not in use. Even when turned off appliances and electronics use energy called phantom energy. Phantom power can account for 15% of your home’s electricity usage. Plug home electronics, such as TVs and computers, into power strips and turn off the power strips when the equipment is not in use.
  8. Minimize heat indoors. Only use the dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer at night. Wash your clothes with cold water.
  9. Keep the windows and blinds closed during the day and open at night. BUT, do not have the AC on and the windows open at the same time, that will defeat the purpose of the AC.
  10.  Maintain your air conditioner and filters. Make sure your central air conditioner is tuned up and clean or replace filters monthly for more efficient airflow.

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