With summer well underway, it is important to be aware of ways to reduce energy usage in your home to avoid high utility costs. Looking to save on your electric bill this summer? In the content below, we will explore how automatic air conditioning turn off and motorized shading can help save on your electric bill this summer.
2 Summer Efficiency Tips to Lower Your Electric Bill
#1. Automatic Air Conditioning Turn Off
Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to keep cool without having the AC running all day long? The good news is that there are ways. One of the most effective and easiest methods to reduce cooling costs this summer, according to Energy Star, is by turning off your AC when you’re not home or away for a few hours during the day.
How can I do this? This may be done manually with an in-home thermostat that has this feature, or with an automatic air conditioning turn off that shuts off your AC when you’re not home.
By switching from manual cooling (using a thermostat) to automatic cooling, you could save between $40-60 per month if you use an average of 10,000 kWhs per year for your electricity costs!
#2. Motorized Shading
There are many other ways to make sure the AC is running less often – for example, closing curtains at night and opening them in the morning to allow natural light into your house. Also, using shades on windows facing east and west throughout the day and using a motorized shade to open or close it at the appropriate time.
Doing this can reduce air conditioning use by up to 40%.
Motorized shading systems allow you to monitor and control the light and privacy of your home from a simple smartphone app or a touch panel – whether you are home or away. Furthermore, they allow morning light in and reset in the afternoon to protect furniture and artwork from the harsh sun while minimizing energy usage from heating and cooling.
As another feature to motorized shading, your window coverings can open and close at your command, according to a program, or the time of day and available sunlight – all of which reduces your carbon footprint and lowers your monthly utility bill.
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