10 Tips to Lower Your Home's Electric Bill This Summer

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Summer evokes thoughts of sun-soaked afternoons and barbeques, but it also brings higher energy consumption for most households. With air conditioners working overtime and households bustling with activity, power bills can skyrocket. But, with the right strategies, you can maintain a cool and comfortable home without breaking the bank. Here's your guide to optimizing summer energy use in 2024.

Understand Your Consumption Patterns

Begin by evaluating your energy consumption habits. Regularly monitor your monthly energy bills to spot trends and irregularities.


Most energy providers offer detailed consumption reports. If you're not receiving these, it's a good idea to request them.

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Maintain Your Air Conditioning 

The primary energy guzzler in summer is the AC. Enhance its efficiency with regular cleaning and timely maintenance. Regularly replace filters and consider an annual professional checkup.

Assess Home Insulation

A well-insulated home retains cool air, reducing the AC’s workload. Begin with the attic, a common source of temperature leaks, and inspect the rest of your home. Up-to-date insulation is not only eco-friendly but can also bring tax breaks and incentives.

Seal Cracks and Leaks

Regularly check for gaps and cracks in window seals, door frames, and other potential leak points. Efficient sealing can significantly enhance cooling efficiency.

Adopt Smart Thermostats

Modern thermostats, with programmable features, adapt to your habits and make energy-saving adjustments. They're proven to save up to 30% on heating and cooling expenses.

Leverage Ceiling Fans

A simple tip with a significant impact. Ceiling fans facilitate air circulation, ensuring that cool air reaches all corners. Ensure they run counterclockwise in summer to push the air downwards.

Embrace LED Lighting

LEDs are not just long-lasting; they are also energy-efficient and emit less heat than traditional bulbs.

Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Appliances

Newer appliances, especially those with the Energy Star label, are designed to use electricity more efficiently. Consider a phased approach to replacement if budget is a constraint.

Strategize with Landscaping

Thoughtful landscaping, like planting shade trees near windows, can reduce indoor temperatures and cut down AC usage.

Wear Summer-Friendly Clothes

Light, breathable fabrics can make you feel cooler, allowing for slightly higher indoor temperatures without compromising comfort.

Opt for Outdoor Cooking

Using ovens during summer can add to indoor heat. Explore outdoor cooking; it's both energy-efficient and a delightful way to spend summer evenings.

Invest in Your Summer-Ready Home

Transforming your home into an energy-efficient oasis doesn't mean emptying your savings. First Service is committed to helping homeowners like you optimize for summer. If you're considering upgrades or repairs, our low-rate home improvement loans can provide the support you need. Why wait? Let's make this summer your most efficient yet!

Reach Out to Discuss Your Options

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