With the heat index hitting temperatures of over 100 degrees (not to mention that humidity!), keeping cool in the comfort of your own home never sounded better. But as we all know, cooling your house without breaking the bank can be a challenge.
We put together 5 ways to save electricity to help you keep your home temperatures low and your energy bills even lower.
It’s the Summer of 78!
While you may be tempted to crank down your thermostat, the optimal temperature for your home is actually 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Even more than that, the closer you keep your house to outside temps, the less your house works to stay at that temperature. Don’t just take our word for it though! OUC also declared this summer the Summer of 78.
Take Advantage of Programmable Thermostat Features
Did you know you can save as much as 10% on your energy bill just by increasing the temperature of your home? Turn your thermostat up 7-10 degrees for at least 8 hours a day to realize the benefits.
By programming your thermostat to automatically alternate between preset temperatures, you won’t even need to think about changing it manually before you leave home! Programmable thermostats also ensure you will arrive to a cool home after a long day at the office.
Fans, and curtains, and lights… Oh, my!
Don’t rely solely on your air conditioning to lower the temperature in your home. Turn on ceiling fans to keep the air circulating. No ceiling fans? No problem! Box and window fans offer a great alternative. Install heavy curtains to help insulate windows and keep out the hot summer air. Try to limit the use of larger appliances that produce a large amount of heat – think stove, dish washer, dryer, etc. These appliances really increase the overall temperature of your home, meaning your air conditioning unit must work harder to maintain the set temperature. The harder it works, the higher your bill climbs.
Energy Savings and AV Homes
We specifically designed our homes to help you reduce energy costs and beat the Florida heat! Some of our features include:
• All concrete block construction
• Radiant Plywood as roof decking
• Textured masonry coating with 100% acrylic finish
• Low-E vinyl-insulated, tilt-out windows
• Monolithic concrete slabs with vapor barrier
• Lennox® heat pump heating and cooling system with minimum 15-SEER rating
• R-38 blown and batt insulation in attic
• R-15 fiberglass wall insulation (between garage and living area)
• Fi-Foil insulated block wall
• 50-gallon water heater
Have questions about any of our features? Contact us today!