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Making Your Home More Energy Efficient this Summer

This summer has been packed with news of heat waves stretching across the county, and it’s no surprise that the humidity continues to rise in the South.

High temperatures outside mean your HVAC unit must work extra hard to keep your home comfortable inside. We’ve created a summer checklist to help your HVAC unit and make your home more energy efficient.

LIGHTING

Incandescent and halogen bulbs radiate heat and ultra-violet rays. Not only do they make your home warmer when they are on, they can degrade fabric and artwork colors. Verbatim LED bulbs boast a warm white tone, the same as your incandescent bulbs, without heating up your room. Verbatim LED bulbs come in a 6-pack of A19 bulbs for lamps and fans or BR30 for your recessed can and downlight fixtures. LED light bulbs have long lifespans, resulting in reduced maintenance and replacement costs when compared to incandescent and halogen lamps.

SMART THERMOSTATS

No matter the season, smart thermostats are always a great addition to any home looking to become more energy efficient. Summer is a busy season. Whether you’re on vacation, at work, at summer camp or at the local ballpark, it’s a great idea to give your HVAC unit a break when you’re not home.

With a smart thermostat, you can decide when your unit needs to be on, when it can be off and what temperature it should be at different times during the day and night. If you’re not into programming the thermostat yourself, you might like the Ecobee or Nest, smart thermostats that learn your schedule on their own and adjust accordingly.

You can also make some small, low-cost, changes around the house to help improve your energy efficiency throughout the summer.

COOKING

Using the oven raises the temperature in your home when it’s hot outside. If summer showers are keeping you from grilling out, there are other cooking methods to try inside. The NuWave Pro Plus Oven cooks food quickly and deliciously right in your kitchen. The oven works just like a conventional oven, and allows you to bake, broil, barbecue, roast, grill, steam, dehydrate and air fry all in one convenient appliance. Give your oven a break this summer and try the NuWave Pro Plus Oven.

If you’re ready to jump on the air fryer train, the NuWave Brio Air Fryer is the one for you! The technology NuWave uses in this product allows you to perfectly cook your favorite fried foods, keeping that great deep-fried taste without using any unhealthy oil.

OUTDOOR

Now that you’ve learned how to make the inside of your home more energy efficient, let’s talk about the outside. Making sure your lawn and garden are adequately watered during these hot summer months can be tough. The forecast calls for no rain, so you turn your sprinkler system on, but then Mother Nature decides to give your lawn an extra watering. When the forecast call for afternoon showers, you decide to let the rain serve as your daily watering, but the showers never come. The Rachio 16-Zone 2nd Generation Smart Sprinkler Controller takes the guessing out of your day by adjusting automatically based on local weather and seasonality. The controller connects with your Android or iOS device or laptop to remotely manage your sprinkler activity and provide constant updates that help you save water.

AROUND THE HOUSE

You can also make some small, low-cost, changes around the house to help improve your energy efficiency throughout the summer. Check out these energy saving tips to help you find savings year-round.

  • Clean range-hood grease filter to ensure proper ventilation
  • Vacuum refrigerator condenser coils to improve efficiency
  • Seal gaps in floors, doors and windows to save up to 10% on your energy bill and prevent moisture issues and drafts
  • Ensure outdoor unit for air conditioner is free of leaves and other debris
  • Close drapes during the day and consider applying window film to minimize heat from the sun
  • Check the weather stripping around your garage door and replace if needed

 

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