Florida is known for its warm climate year-round, but in the summer, it feels like everything is melting. It’s truly miserable to be outside so coming indoors to enjoy a cooled home feels wonderful. Unfortunately, when you get that power bill in the Florida PanHandle, you may wonder just how you’ll ever afford your annual summer vacation with those high energy costs.
Not to fear though. There are some things you can do to help keep your power bill lower in Florida’s insane summer heat.
- Set your thermostat higher
It’s no surprise that the air conditioner is the culprit behind much of your higher summer energy costs. Turning it off completely would be misery though, but a simple solution is to set it to 78 degrees, or higher even if you dare. You could save hundreds of dollars annually if you were to follow the recommended cooling temperatures for each season.
- Switch to a programmable thermostat
While you’re at it, make a smart investment by replacing old thermostats. The programmable ones allow you to set it and forget it. They will hold the temperature in place and keep things running as efficiently as possible for your air conditioning.
- Use fans
Fans use less energy than your air conditioning. While it’s not enough to cool you down on a day that’s topping out at 100 degrees outside, by using a higher temperature on your thermostat and running the ceiling fan, it will make you feel much cooler. Set the fan so it turns counter-clockwise for summer heat. Don’t leave it on when you leave the room though or that’s wasted energy.
- Adjust your water heater
Most water heaters are set to 140 degrees. If you change it to 120 degrees, you won’t notice it until you get your power bill. You can save close to $100 per year by doing this. And when you go off on that summer vacation, turn it off completely. When you return, turn it back on and you’ll have hot water again after an hour.
- Make sure your attic is properly insulated
Not many people like getting up into the attic space, but check out your insulation. If your attic isn’t properly insulated, it can allow air to seep out, making your air conditioner work harder to keep your home cool.
- Avoid using the oven and stove
Take your cooking outside on the grill to avoid heating up your kitchen or make use of your slow cooker to keep your home cooler. You can also eat more chilled foods like salads for example that require no heating up.
- Block the sun
When the sun is blasting through your windows, it raises the temperature inside your home. Get good curtains or shades that will serve as more than nice décor in your home. They will also serve to keep the sun from heating your home up in the summer. Some people put up those reflective aluminum looking sunshades from their car in a window. They look bad but they work well. Others even put aluminum foil on their windows. Not suggested if you’re in a nice subdivision but it does work.
Need help keeping your home cool? Call Air Care Air Conditioning & Heating Service Inc in Crestview, FL today!