Energy efficiency tips for summer

JANUARY 23, 2018

You can have big savings from small changes. Find out how.

1. Consider installing a programmable thermostat

Set your AC to turn on and off when you need it.

2. Use your air conditioner less at night

Open your windows in the evening to let cooler air in overnight and turn off the air conditioner.

3. Use ceiling fans

They cost about five cents an hour to operate - much less than an AC unit.

4. Install awnings and overhangs on south-facing windows

Keep the sun out during the summer, and then take them down to let sun in during the winter.

5. Consider upgrading your windows

Select high efficiency windows with low-e coatings, argon gas fill and insulated spacers.

6. Look into a reflective roof

Keep the sun’s heat from transferring into your home or building. Depending on your climate, it could reduce the roof surface temperature by up to 15.5 °C (60°F).

7. Conduct regular maintenance

Air conditioner maintenance can help identify potential issues before they become expensive problems, and ensure your unit is running efficiently, so you can save money on potential repair costs and electric bills.