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Summer is quickly approaching, which means sunshine, warmer weather, and oftentimes, higher energy bills in your home. While you want to enjoy your summer with more family get-togethers or simply to relax in the cool air of the inside of your home, it’s a good idea to be aware of the energy efficiency of your home and ways in which you can optimize that. 

Making your home more energy efficient allows for lower energy bills and a slightly less harsh carbon footprint on the world. Below, find 8 home energy swaps that can make you a happier homeowner during the summertime. 

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1. Keep your thermostat at a reasonable temperature

In the summer, we all enjoy stepping into a cool home after spending hours in the summer heat. Even just a few minutes can wipe us exhausted and we’re ready to be back in cooler temperatures. However, we shouldn’t keep our home too cool where we are burning all energy from it. Keep your home at a reasonable temperature, and consider keeping it warmer than normal when you are at school or work. The bigger difference between the temperature outside and inside, the higher your bill will result in. Utilize fans in your household to circulate air and help with the high cost of air conditioning. The air flow produced by fans doesn’t actually cool the air, but it creates a mild chill that allows household guests to feel more comfortable. 

Don’t forget to lower the temperature on your thermostat when you are away from home, too.

2. Wash strategically 

Turn off any unnecessary water in your home. This means turn the faucet off when brushing your teeth, shaving, or other cleaning around the house. It’s a good practice to check that you don’t have leaking faucets, sinks, or toilets.

In the heat of summer, taking a shower instead of a bath will save on your water usage, too. Take quicker showers when you can to limit the amount of water you are using, and consider installing low-flow showerheads. 

Lastly, only run the dishwasher and washer unless it’s a full load. Don’t waste water and energy on half-loads and opt for cold water when possible. When drying your clothes, hang your wet clothes up to air dry or run the dryer in the early morning when it’s a bit cooler.

3. Replace regular incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent lamps

If you have regular incandescent light bulbs in your home, consider changing them to fluorescent lamps, halogen bulbs, or LED bulbs. These provide a longer lasting light and are more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs. Especially if you have 60 to 100 watt bulbs that are used several hours a day, the usage adds up overall for your home!

4. Improve your curb appeal by planting trees and shrubs

New trees and shrubs planted around the home not only provide a nicer curb appeal, but can also lower electricity bills by providing shade surrounding your home. If your home has poor window installation or landscaping, trees planted on the west side of a home can block some of the direct heat that may seep into your home.

5. Close your blinds

Untitled design 10While we all enjoy seeing the bright natural light that beams indoors, closing the blinds, drapes, or curtains during the daytime can also lower your energy costs. If you absolutely want to keep your shades open during the day, north-facing windows will admit less heat than southern facing windows. 

6. Ensure your walls and attic are well insulated

Ensuring you have insulation in your attic helps seal air leaks and improves your home’s cooling costs overall. Having effective insulation slows the rate of heat flow into the house during the summer. Therefore, less energy is required to cool the house back down. The most important aspect of installing insulation is ensuring it has been properly installed. Make sure to use a contractor you trust!

7. Seal all windows

By sealing windows around your home, you are sealing the air leaks that can potentially be adding warmer air into your home. Sealing gaps and cracks between your windows is an incredibly inexpensive way to lower costs almost immediately, and is a low-cost option as a homeowner.

8. Replace your windows

If you’d like to really conserve energy for the long-run, consider replacing your windows with fiberglass windows. Particularly if you have old, leaky, or drafty windows, this would be an opportune time to replace them with energy-efficient models. We recommend upgrading your windows to Infinity by Marvin Windows. These are fiberglass windows, built for efficiency. Fiberglass windows are made from strong materials that won’t change shape due to temperature or moisture changes, meaning that the seal on your window stays firm, and does not allow for any of the summer heat to seep through.

Fiberglass windows are an incredibly low-maintenance option as well. Once they are properly installed, they last for years to come. With Midland Exteriors, you can be guaranteed that if there was ever an issue during installment, we will correct our mistakes and give you the best quality customer service possible. The installer of windows is just as important as the type of windows you choose to replace, and at Midland Exteriors, our exceptional service and attention to detail put us above our competition. Our professional window installers ensure you are getting the most high-quality long-term investment.

While summer is a perfect time to save energy in your home, it doesn’t have to be just a summertime activity. Simple things like unplugging chargers or appliances when you’re not using them can help in the long run. 

By creating smart energy habits now, you’ll continue to improve the energy efficiency in your home and keep more change in your pocket year round. 

 

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