Summer has arrived and while the temperature is rising, your energy costs don’t have to. The experts at ENERGY STAR want to help you keep the cool air in and control your utility bills, while helping to fight climate change. Energy efficiency doesn’t have to cost you a lot of time or money. Try out these easy DIY projects for energy savings at home.
DIY- Easy to Moderate Effort:
- Install and properly use a programmable thermostat: A programmable thermostat is one of the best ways to save energy all year long. Use it to automatically lower your air conditioning and heating when you don’t need it. Raising the temperature seven degrees when no one’s home and four degrees at bedtime during the summer, along with proper programming in the winter, can save you more than $180 annually.
- HVAC Maintenance: When was the last time you checked to make sure that your HVAC system was working properly? A few simple moves will make sure that your system is working efficiently.
Check your air filter every month, changing it whenever it is dirty (at least every 3 months). Dirty filters block air flow, making your system work harder to keep your house cool.
- Your car isn’t the only thing you own that needs scheduled maintenance. Have a contractor give your HVAC equipment an annual tune up. Your system will work better, keeping you cooler all summer long.
- Install ENERGY STAR certified LEDs: If you still haven’t switched out your old light bulbs for energy efficient options, an ENERGY STAR LED bulb makeover is a great summer project! ENERGY STAR certified bulbs use 70-90 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, giving off much less heat inside your home. They can save $30-$75 each in energy bills and last over 20 years, so this is a project that will make a difference for years to come. With prices falling dramatically all over the country, now is the time to make the switch to ENERGY STAR LED bulbs!
- Shade your home: Outfit your home with shades, blinds, curtains and awnings, especially on the south and west sides of your home where the sun is hottest. This simple move will keep the hot rays of the sun out of your home, bringing down the temperature.
If you are looking for a bigger project, the ENERGY STAR Cooling page has instructions for duct sealing and insulation, sealing and insulating air leaks and more here.
Check out this informative infographic for more ideas on how to keep cool in the summer heat while saving money!
Cool Ways to Save with ENERGY STAR infographic