Can you believe it’s almost May? We’ve had a pretty cool spring so far in Carmel IN, but, summer and its scorching hot days will be here before you know it. If you’re like most homeowners, you notice your pocketbook tends to get thinner as the temperatures rise and energy costs peak during June, July and August. However, there are some simple ways to keep your utility bills low and your bank account happy if you start preparing for the steamy summer months ahead of time. You’ll also be doing your part to help save the environment, as it is estimated that half of the energy used in your Carmel, IN home goes towards maintaining a comfortable temperature. Ready to save money on your cooling costs this summer? Here are some tips and tricks to try.
Keep the cool air inside. If cool air is escaping your home, you are throwing money out the window – quite literally! Make sure your window-unit air conditioners fit tightly so that cold air cannot leak back outside. If you have central air, be sure to insulate any drafty windows.
Keep your filters clean. To keep your air conditioning performing at its peak, it is advised that you change your air filters once per month.
Program your thermostat. If you have central air and a programmable thermostat, you can save up to 30% on your energy costs annually. Set the temperature a few degrees higher while you’re gone during the day and program the air conditioning to kick on just before you get home.
Avoid using the oven. Finally, the perfect excuse not to cook tonight! Turning on the oven heats up your entire Carmel, IN home forcing your air conditioner to work harder than it needs to. It’s time to fire up the grill and do your cooking outdoors.
Turn off and unplug electronics. Even when your television or devices are in the off position, they are still sucking power out of the outlet. Unplug your electronics when you’re not using them and you’ll be surprised at the savings on your energy bill.
Take these steps to lower your energy costs as the temperatures start rising and you’ll find that you have some extra cash to spend on all of the fun festivals and events going on in around Carmel, IN this summer. If you’re planning to buy or sell a Carmel, IN home this spring, please let us know!
Rodney & Amanda Heard
Heard Real Estate Team