3 Tips for Cutting Your Electric Bills This Summer

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    3 Tips for Cutting Your Electric Bills This Summer

    Now that summer is here, your air conditioning system has to work extra hard to keep your home cool and comfortable. How would you like to beat the summer heat, and save money at the same time?  Cutting back on unnecessary energy consumption is one way of reducing your electric bill. However, if you want to see reductions on your electric bill sooner, you will need to make your home more energy-efficient.

    Install a Programmable Thermostat

    Did you know that you can save up to $100 a year by installing a programmable thermostat in your home? These types of thermostats are great at saving money and energy because they allow homeowners to set the temperature based on their schedule. If you’re away at work for half of the day, why waste the energy to cool your home when you’re not there to enjoy it? You can schedule your thermostat setting to be a little higher during your work hours and then cooler when it’s time for you to return home from work.  A programmable thermostat allows for more precise temperature management and a wider range of selections to be able to meet your cooling needs.

    Seal Your Ductwork

    Your duct system is designed to carry conditioned air to the rooms throughout your home. If any of the ductwork has holes, air will not distribute evenly. By leaving leaks in the ductwork, you are reducing the efficiency of your cooling system by as much as 20 percent. Malek technicians are qualified to test for holes and repair them if needed.

    Replace Your Air Filters

    How can your air conditioner do its job at cooling your home when the airflow is restricted? This is what happens when your air filter is not changed regularly. By simply changing your air filter, you help your HVAC system to run at its peak performance, which ultimately helps you save money and energy. It also helps prevent the need for future repairs.

    Seal Your Home’s Air Leaks

    Reducing the amount of air that leaks into or out of your home will significantly increase your savings. Some common trouble spots include:

    • Recessed lighting
    • Areas around your doors and windows
    • Plumbing entries
    • Around the bathroom fan vents

    You can use weather-stripping to seal the components that move. Caulking compound is used to seal openings and cracks around windows and doors.

    If you’re looking for air conditioning experts who enjoy helping customers reduce their energy consumption, contact Malek today.  We offer annual maintenance options to keep your system running efficiently and provide whole-home inspections to identify areas in your home where energy is being wasted.

    This is Malek. And We Make the Difference. 979-446-0296

    June 14, 2016

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