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With summertime in full force Sarasota homeowners will notice a spike in electricity usage this month. While the seasonal shift may be causing your AC unit to work harder, there may be other culprits causing your energy costs to soar.

Aging Appliances

Larger appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, and dishwashers require more energy to run and can drive up electric bills. If your larger appliances are also older, they require more energy to operate than newer, energy efficient models. Upgrading your refrigerator to a newer ENERGY-STAR certified model means that it will run 9 percent more efficiently than one manufactured before 1997. This equates to approximately $300 in energy cost savings over five years.

HVAC System

Your home’s heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) system is the biggest driver of your energy bill. There are ways to tame this energy hog and maximize the efficiency of your AC unit. Schedule regular, professional maintenance to be performed and have the air ducts cleaned as recommended. Install a programmable thermostat with energy-saving settings. If your system is more than 10 years old, consider replacing it, especially if you notice weak airflow from vents or uneven cooling from room to room, or if you have paid for costly repairs.

Is Your Home Energy Efficient?

Sealing and insulating your attic hatch or any existing air leaks can save you an additional $200 per year in energy costs. Replacing old windows with new, energy-efficient ones will reduce energy costs and help maximize the lifespan of your HVAC system by streamlining its operation, allowing it to run for shorter intervals.

Sarasota residents, conserve energy and your money. Call Aqua Plumbing & Air at (941) 306-3715 for an expert evaluation on your HVAC system that will help you start lowering your electric bill today.

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