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Summer Utilities Savings Solutions

Get ready to save energy in your home this summer to beat the Texas heat and lower utility bills! Here is your guide to becoming a smarter, iStock_000006691668XSmallmore energy-efficient homeowner this summer.

Since almost half of the energy used in homes goes toward cooling (or heating), here are three simple ways to reduce those costs. First, set thermostats to an appropriate temperature. For instance, when no one is home, thermostats should be raised to prevent the cooling units from running constantly. This can be done easily through a programmable thermostat.

Second, install ceiling fans in bedrooms and large living areas. Lastly, make sure that air filters are being replaced periodically. This not only brings down energy costs, but also, cleans the air in your home to prevent things such as bacteria and pollutants from circulating in the air.

Furthermore, keep your home tightly sealed and insulated. This is one of the most cost-effective ways to make your home more energy efficient and more comfortable. Here are some of the most common places where leakage may occur: window frames, weather-stripping around doors, electrical outlets, and baseboards. About one-third of the home’s total temperature loss occurs through windows and doors so make sure all windows are sealed with caulk, and doors shut tightly when closed with the use of weather-stripping.

Here are some ideas that are less commonly known:

  • Cook smarter by using microwaves instead of conventional ovens (microwaves use 80% less energy).  If you must use a conventional oven, place food on the top rack as it is hotter and will cook food faster.
  • Instead of using half-load settings, wait until you have a full load of clothes, as half-load settings save less than half of the water and energy.
  • Stay away from the high water temperature settings (if clothes are not extremely dirty).  140 degrees (hot) uses much more energy than a warm setting.
  • Perform heat producing tasks such as cooking, laundry, and dish-washing in the early morning hours or late evening hours as temperatures are cooler in the morning, and late at night.

Homeowners who take some of these initiatives often find that the energy savings are worth the effort!


Madeline Stiles

REALTOR/Broker Associate
Pinnacle Quality Service Award
Century 21 Beal, Inc.
Cell: 979.574.8997

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