Summer is quickly approaching. Here in the Arizona desert, that means higher utility bills as we try to keep our homes cool enough to keep us comfortable. We all know that setting the thermostat a few degrees higher helps reduce the energy costs we all face. Replacing your thermostat with a programmable thermostat can save you even more. Sealing and caulking around windows and doors is among the easiest and least expensive ways to keep the cool air in our home instead of cooling the outdoors. But here are a few ways to save energy you might not have heard before:
- Turn off kitchen and bath exhaust fans. Use them while taking a shower and cooking, but remember to turn them off afterwards.
- Block the sun from entering your home by using shades, blinds and drapes.
- Plant trees to provide shade on the outside of your home or use awnings to keep the sun from heating your home.
- Open interior doors so that air conditioned air flows freely throughout your home.
Also, SRP offers free shade tree planting workshops where you receive two free shade trees. They detail how and where to plant for the best results and also make sure you know how to take care of the trees so they continue to shade your home for many years. Trees also often increase a home’s value as part of the curb appeal and landscaping of your property.
No one wants high utility bills. Doing what you can to save you money doesn’t mean you have to figure it all out yourself. Just Call John’s to see how we can help save you energy and keep your hard earned money in your pocket.