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Summer is the season of sunshine, but it can also lead to soaring energy bills as air conditioners work overtime to keep us cool. To help you save energy (and money) during the warmer months, here are five simple yet effective ways to conserve energy during summer. Follow these energy saving tips here.

1. Embrace Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats are a game-changer when it comes to energy conservation. They allow you to set schedules, adjust temperatures remotely, and even learn your preferences over time. By programming your thermostat to raise the temperature when you’re away and cool down before you return, you can reduce energy usage without sacrificing comfort. A few degrees of adjustment can make a significant difference in your energy bills.

2. Use Ceiling Fans Wisely

Ceiling fans are excellent for keeping you cool without cranking up the air conditioning. They create a breeze that makes the room feel cooler, allowing you to set your thermostat a few degrees higher. Just remember to turn them off when you leave the room—fans cool people, not spaces, so running them in empty rooms wastes energy.

3. Keep the Sun Out

Sunlight streaming through windows can heat your home quickly, forcing your air conditioner to work harder. To reduce heat gain, use blinds, shades, or curtains to block direct sunlight during the hottest parts of the day. Consider using reflective window films to further reduce heat absorption, and plant trees or install awnings to provide natural shade.

4. Optimize Your Air Conditioning System

A well-maintained air conditioning system runs more efficiently, using less energy to keep your home cool. Regularly clean or replace air filters, as dirty filters restrict airflow and force the system to work harder. Schedule annual maintenance with a professional to ensure your system is operating at peak performance. Additionally, sealing leaks in ducts and insulating them can prevent cool air from escaping, improving overall efficiency.

5. Cook Smart to Keep Cool

Cooking indoors can generate a lot of heat, raising the temperature in your home. To conserve energy, consider using outdoor grills, slow cookers, or microwaves instead of ovens and stovetops. If you do cook indoors, use ventilation fans to remove excess heat and humidity. Cooking during cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or late evening, can also help keep your home comfortable without overloading your air conditioner.

Conclusion

Conserving energy during the summer doesn’t mean sacrificing comfort. By implementing these five strategies—using smart thermostats, ceiling fans, window coverings, maintaining your air conditioning system, and cooking smart—you can stay cool while reducing your energy bills. Give these tips a try, and you’ll enjoy a more energy-efficient and wallet-friendly summer. Contact Evergreen Solar Solutions for a free quote today.

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