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Energy Saving Tips for Summer

Keep your home cool while efficiently managing your energy usage

Record-breaking heat has hit this summer. With the rising temperatures, it’s important to maintain your comfort level. However, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), air conditioning units use more energy than any other appliance in the home. Here are some tips on how to stay cool and energy efficient.

COOKING

If summer temps or showers prevent you from grilling outdoors, why not utilize an alternate indoor cooking method like air frying, sous vide or slow cooking? Cooking with an oven can raise the temperature in your home. One option we enjoy is the Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 Indoor Grill with Air Fryer. It works just like a conventional oven but uses less energy and emits less heat. The Ninja Foodi allows you to grill, crisp, bake, roast, dehydrate and air fry. The multiple functions will maximize your cooking options while reducing your energy usage.

SMART THERMOSTATS

No matter the season, smart thermostats are a great addition to make your home more energy efficient. Whether you’re on vacation, at work, summer camp or the local ballpark, giving your HVAC unit a break when you’re not home will help save energy. With a smart thermostat, you can decide when your unit needs to run and what temperature your home should be at different times during the day and night. Google Nest can learn your schedule automatically and adjust accordingly.

Plus, if you install one in your home now, you could enjoy a special rebate from Alabama Power on select qualifying models. Learn more here.

WATER HEATERS

According to the EPA, water heaters use the second-most amount of energy in a home. No one wants to shower or wash dishes in cool water, so hot water is a necessity. Energy Star certified models will help limit your energy use, no matter the temperature or time of year. Additionally, Energy Star-certified hybrid water heaters (also called heat pump water heaters) use half the energy of standard tanks.

For a limited time only, Alabama Power is currently offering a FREE water heater or rebate when you switch from gas to electric. Learn more here.

AROUND THE HOUSE

Keeping cool in summer doesn’t have to require a lot of energy. Here are some small changes that can make a big impact on your energy savings throughout the warmer months.

  • Sweep and vacuum the condenser coils on your refrigerator.
  • Clean or change the grease filters above your range to ensure proper ventilation.
  • Ensure your outdoor air unit is free of debris
  • Check the weather stripping around your doors, windows and garage door. Seal any gaps.
  • Keep blinds closed during the day, especially in rooms you’re not using, to minimize heat

Whether it’s a new appliance or a tiny adjustment, there are multiple opportunities to beat the heat. Visit AlabamaPower.com for more energy-efficiency tips to help you save and stay cool!