Did you know that approximately 8 percent of all of the electricity produced in the United States is devoted toward home air conditioning? According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), that adds up to about $15 billion spent on cooling U.S. homes each year.
Reducing the need for air conditioning can be a big money saver under the right circumstances. With the help of the tips below, you can save money by curtailing your home’s use of mechanical air conditioning and remain comfortable throughout the summer.
- Consider strategic window shading with horizontal trellises or foliage to block excessive heat gain. If possible, consider replacing your current windows with low emissivity (low-E) glass.
- Promote cool air circulation with the use of ceiling fans. You can use these fans to generate a low-level wind-chill effect that brings down perceived temperatures without the need for lowering the thermostat.
- Improve your home’s insulation and air-tightness. Effectively sealing and insulating your home prevents heat from leaking through, thereby reducing the need for mechanical air conditioning.
- Use paints, siding and roofing products featuring “cool” light colors. This can reduce peak cooling demand by up to 15 percent.
You also can reduce your overall energy consumption through the following:
- Toss out those inefficient appliances in favor of newer, Energy Star-compliant models.
- Consider replacing incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent or LED counterparts.
We offer the best in cooling and heating services to customers throughout Sarasota, Bradenton and the surrounding area. Please contact us at Aqua Plumbing & Air to learn more about how you can reduce the need for air conditioning in your home.