July 27, 2017
The new school year brings new expenses. So, if you’re like most parents, you’re probably looking for ways to save some money.
We have an easy money-saving tip for you: Simply raise your thermostat 7°–10° Fahrenheit while you’re gone during the day to save up to 10% on your cooling costs.
What does that look like in dollars? For a typical family, turning the thermostat back for 8 hours a day can save you up to $180 per year.
Let’s go into more detail about this energy-saving tip...
Here’s how it works: When you set your thermostat to a higher temperature, your AC uses less energy to cool your home.
And less energy used by your AC = more money saved on your energy bill.
According to Energy.gov, “the smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.”
If your kids are back at school, and you’re at work, that means no one will be at home. You don’t need a cool home when everyone is gone, so why not turn up the thermostat to save some money?
Here’s how it could work with a hypothetical daily schedule:
Pretty simple, right? The only thing you have to do is remember to raise your thermostat before you leave home.
But if you’re worried about forgetting or turning this tip into a habit, there’s another solution...
A programmable thermostat
Programmable thermostats automatically adjust to your desired home temperature, based on your daily schedule.
You don’t have to remember to set your thermostat, because your programmable thermostat does it for you. That means you can save $180 per year without even lifting a finger to control your thermostat.
Programmable thermostats also provide more comfort. Instead of having to wait until you get home to turn down the thermostat, you can program it to start cooling down your home 30 minutes before you get home. So, when you walk through your front door, it feels like your home—not a sauna.
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Energy.gov recommends these additional summer energy-saving tips...
Temperatures in Florida cool off by a few degrees at night during the summer. Try opening your windows at night or turning off your AC to take advantage of the cooler temperatures.
If it’s too hot to open windows or turn off your AC at night, raise the temperature by a few degrees to save money.
Drapes, blinds, and curtains keep the heat out of your home during the day, which means your AC won’t have to work as hard to cool your home.
Bonus tip: Consider investing in light or medium-colored drapes. According to Energy.gov, “medium-colored draperies with white-plastic backings can reduce heat gains by 33%.”
Fans are an easy and inexpensive way to make your home feel cooler. You can raise the thermostat about 4° without feeling any reduction in comfort when you use a ceiling fan.
When your AC isn’t running efficiently, it wastes energy. Make sure your AC is running efficiently by following these 2 recommendations:
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Interested in a programmable thermostat? We can help with that too. Contact Cool Today to schedule a programmable thermostat installation.
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