As the temperatures start to rise here in sunny Arizona, your electricity bill is likely rising too. With our uniquely scorching summers and intense desert sun, energy efficiency is a must for homes and businesses looking to keep costs down. With a little preparation and a few tricks, you can keep costs consistent from month to month while staying cool all summer long.
Before the summer is in full swing, it’s smart to do some routine maintenance on items that can impact your energy efficiency. With various weather patterns and temperatures, wear and tear is normal in Arizona’s climate. Your AC unit should be checked before summer ramps up. Be sure to change the filters, clean the units, and schedule a routine check-up if necessary. Doing this as soon as possible is key – if an AC unit needs repairing, it’s better to do it in the cooler weather. If you wait too long, you may risk needing a repair in undesirable weather conditions. This is also a good time of year to check on your windows and their seals. Are there any breaks or areas that need to be resealed? Proper insulation can stop hot air from seeping in, and save you money on your monthly electric bill. While the extreme summer heat is still on the horizon, it’s also a good time to clean your solar panels!
Never underestimate the power of shade. Temperatures are considerably cooler in shaded areas, whether you’re inside or outside. Investing in sturdy and reliable window coverings is a great option for any home or business looking to stay cool and cut costs. West facing and south facing windows are going to be the warmest, so make sure those have extra shading features if possible. You can also add extra shading by placing a sail shade outside of your home or business. Even if there are no windows, shading the building itself will help keep the temperature regulated. For more information on products to boost your energy efficiency, take a look at this blog.
A simple way to increase your home or business’s efficiency this summer is by monitoring energy usage. To shrink your electricity bill, avoid using large appliances during the day when possible. Try shifting your usage of the dishwasher, laundry machines and even showers to the evening or night time when temperatures are cooler. Also know when your power company’s peak hours are, and be sure to use these large appliances outside of these hours when possible. Even the use of your oven can cause a shift in your electric bill, as your cooling system will be battling the hot outdoors andthe heat of the oven indoors. Want to be an efficiency usage pro? A smart thermostat has the ability to create an individual plan for your personal usage, which eliminates guess work and saves both energy and money. Learn more about the benefits of a smart thermostat here.
Summer heat makes everyone sweat, but you don’t have to sweat over your electricity bill with these great tips! Set aside some time to make sure your home or business is as efficient as possible this summer. For more great resources, stay tuned to our weekly blogs, Facebook, and Twitter!