As the temperatures start climbing, you start reaching for the thermostat. As nice as air conditioning is in the summer months, it can also take a toll on your utility bills. There are, however, ways for you to lower your bills with this energy-saving hacks:
Northern climates like Long Island have hot days and cool nights. So take advantage of this by cracking open your windows and shutting off the AC at night. Then, when you wake up in the morning, be sure to close the windows and shut the drapes so that you can trap the cool air inside your home.
Use your thermostat wisely
There are ways to use your thermostat that will help you save energy in the long run. For example, you should keep the temperature at the high as comfortably possible (78 degrees should be the lowest), but then let your house get warmer when you’re away. If you still need help, check out the Department of Energy’s tips on how to best use your thermostat.
Don’t forget your fans
A fan still uses energy, but not as much as an air conditioner, so be sure to use it to your advantage. Keep the fan on while you’re in the room, but turn it off when you’re not there, as it’s not doing anything to cool the room (it feels cooler to us thanks to the wind chill effect).
Get an AC tune up
In order for your air conditioning to work as efficiently as possible, it needs to be tuned up at least once a year, ideally in the spring. Hire a local technician and ask them to clean or replace the filters, perform preventative maintenance, and check your AC’s fluid levels.
Invest in clean energy
At the end of the day, the best way to cut down on your utility bills is to change the way you get your energy. Solar panels, for example, can save an average New Yorker $73.41 a month and $23,670 over 25 years. So not only will you be helping your wallet, you’ll also be helping the environment as well.
Ready to start saving? Empire Clean Energy Supply can help. With our photovoltaic solar panels, you’ll be able to save energy throughout the long summer months. Give us a call at 631-589-4340 to learn more!