It is nearly April and spring weather is just beginning to set in here in Indianapolis, IN, but, before we know it the scorching hot days of summer will be here. With the rising mercury comes rising utility bills for Indianapolis, IN homeowners. However, don’t settle for rising bills, keep your bank account happy by 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 Indianapolis, IN home goes towards maintaining a comfortable temperature. Are you ready to save a few hundred dollars 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’re 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 clean your air filters once per month. This usually just involves rinsing them with water and letting them air dry before putting them back.
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 Indianapolis, 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 stereo in the off position, it’s 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.
We had quite a chilly winter this year and many of us are looking forward to shedding our layers and soaking up some vitamin D. 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 Indy this summer. If you’re planning to buy or sell a home this spring, please contact an Indianapolis, IN real estate agent! The Indianapolis, IN real estate market is sizzling this season and we’d love to help you through your home buying or home selling process.
Rodney & Amanda Heard
Heard Real Estate Team