5 Tips To Reduce Your Energy Bill During Spring
Who doesn’t enjoy saving money on home energy costs during Spring months? Well, there’s no time like the present to begin optimizing your climate control usage to help cut down on unnecessary energy costs while still keeping your family comfortable at home.
So, without further ado, here are our top five tips that can help you save money on your energy bill this Spring.
Avoid Energy Usage During Peak Hours
Generally speaking, peak hours for electricity use in the Phoenix metro area from November through April/May are the weekday hours between 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. If you avoid using your major appliances and HVAC system during these peak times, you should end up saving money on your energy bill.
Optimize Your Window Usage Whenever Possible
Seems pretty obvious, but if you can open your windows on cooler days and evenings rather than turning on your AC unit, you can take advantage of mother nature’s natural cooling effect that can keep your home a comfortable temperature. You can also consider replacing old, ineffective sunscreens with new ones that will better reduce the inside temperature of your home caused by the sun’s heat.
Use Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans are popular in Phoenix, Arizona because they are a practical way of keep your home cool. In fact, you may be able to raise your thermostat by 3-4 degrees when running your home’s ceiling fans. And this in turn, helps reduce your electricity bills while maintaining a comfortable climate.
Use an Outdoor Grill
Whether it’s a portable propane grill, or a completely decked out gas grill, cooking outside can definitely keep your home cooler, which means you don’t need to use the air conditioner as much.
That’s because when you use your oven or cook top in your kitchen, you can increase the temperature in your kitchen and adjoining rooms inside your home, by several degrees.
Get Your Air Conditioner Serviced
We recommend that you schedule annual maintenance service for your HVAC system each Spring to ensure that it will work efficiently and reliably. We also suggest that you change your air conditioner’s air filters at least once per month. Use of clean air filters in your HVAC system promotes efficient airflow, which can reduce energy consumption by up to 20%.