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11 Energy-Saving Tips for the Summer

As summer temperatures soar, so can your electrical bills. At OnSite Electrical, we are committed to helping you optimize your energy usage without compromising on comfort. Here’s a guide to strategies that can help lower your electric bill during the warmest months of the year, while maintaining a cool and comfortable home or business environment.

1. Upgrade to LED Lighting

LED bulbs use at least 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting. Consider replacing old bulbs with LED options for significant savings on your energy bills.

2. Utilize Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats automatically adjust the temperature based on your schedule and preferences. You can save energy by setting the thermostat to raise the temperature during the hours when you are out of the house.

3. Optimize Air Conditioning

  • Service Your AC: Ensure your air conditioning unit is serviced regularly for efficiency. OnSite Electrical offers maintenance contractor services that can keep your systems running optimally.
  • Use Programmable Settings: Set your AC to operate at slightly higher temperatures when no one is home and cool down just before people return.

4. Consider Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans can be used in conjunction with air conditioners to spread the cooled air more effectively throughout the rooms. This allows you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort.

5. Seal Leaks and Insulate

Ensure that no cool air is escaping through worn seals on doors and windows. Proper insulation in your home can also help maintain your desired temperature.

6. Use Appliances Wisely

Operate heavy appliances such as washers, dryers, and dishwashers during the cooler times of the day to avoid extra heat buildup that will make your air conditioner work harder.

7. Reduce Heat Generation

Try to minimize activities that generate a lot of heat, such as cooking on the stovetop and using the oven during the hottest parts of the day. Microwaves, toaster ovens, or outdoor grills are great alternatives.

8. Install Energy-Efficient Windows

Energy-efficient windows can significantly reduce the use of heating and air conditioning by preventing air from entering or escaping your home.

9. Shade Your Space

Use curtains, blinds, or outdoor awnings to shade your home or office from the sun’s rays, particularly on south and west-facing windows.

10. Landscape for Energy Savings

Planting trees or shrubs to shade air conditioning units can improve their efficiency by up to 10%, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

11. Regular Electrical Inspections

Schedule regular inspections with OnSite Electrical to ensure that all your electrical systems are not only safe but operating at peak efficiency. This can prevent energy wastage from outdated or malfunctioning systems.

Why Choose OnSite Electrical?

At OnSite Electrical, we are dedicated to providing solutions that enhance efficiency and reduce costs. Our team of experts is equipped with the latest technology and knowledge to offer you tailored advice and services that align with your specific needs.

If you’re looking to lower your energy bills this summer, contact us today for a consultation.

For more energy-saving tips and the latest in electrical innovations, don’t forget to check out our blog at OnSite Electrical. Stay cool and save money this summer with smart, efficient strategies designed for you by your trusted local electricians!

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