4 Ways to Keep Your Energy Bill Low This Summer
Forecasts suggest we’re in for quite a warm summer, which can mean big energy bills as we do everything we can to keep our home cool. Energy prices are steadily rising and it’s always a good idea to do the best practice you can to not only reduce your carbon footprint and to get a 6 Star energy rating for house, but also to save money on energy as well.
There are a few things that can be done to reduce your energy bill; you might want to consider the following this summer.
Beef Up Your Insulation
When the temperature outside is warmer than the temperature inside the house, unwanted heat will be trying to find itself inside, often seeping through cracks. This is why good insulation is crucial and the foundation of an energy efficient home, as good insulation is used to increase a home's energy efficiency. If you’re not sure how robust your insulation situation is, it can be worth speaking to a 6 Star energy rating professional or a contractor that can tighten things up and ensure you’re in a good position to deal with the heat this summer.
Be Responsible with Air Conditioning
Ensuring that you get the most out of your air conditioner may seem like common sense, but it’s surprising how many people overlook this even with energy costs as high as they air. When it comes to AC, every small thing does add up over time. For one thing, you should be turning off the air conditioner when you’re not using the room or in the house, and when using it, ensure that the flow of cool air is contained by shutting windows and doors in the relevant room.
You can also reduce the need for air conditioning with the use of ceiling fans. In fact, research suggests that the thermostat can be set at up to 4 degrees higher on your air conditioner when a ceiling fan is present in the same room. In climates where there is often a cool change overnight, consider shutting off all AC and opening up the windows in the house at night.
Replace Energy-Guzzling Appliances
Over time, nearly all household appliances will become less energy efficient, whether it be your fridge, oven, washing machine, dryer, dishwasher or even lighting. Older appliances will obviously cost you more because they’re burning up more energy and this often results in the release of excess heat, which results in higher temperatures in your home. This is particularly the case with incandescent lighting, where the majority of energy is released as heat rather than light. For some appliances, that produce heat, such as dryers, dishwashers, etc. it is a good idea to wait until it is cooler in the evening before using them.
Personal Cooling Options
Keeping yourself cool, rather than trying to keep the house cool, is another way of reducing your reliance on air conditioning. There are plenty of ways to stay cool that just involve dressing and acting in a way that is appropriate for the weather. Consider taking cold showers, eating cold foods and keeping a wet towel or wash your hand so that you can cool your skin. Cooking practices should also be a consideration. If you can avoid using the stove or oven on particularly hot days, you can keep yourself and the kitchen area cooler. Use the BBQ as much as possible.
Following some of these tips will help keep you cool this summer without the huge energy bill. If you’re after more information or a discussion with an energy rating consulting expert, speak to the team at Superior Energy Rating today.