“Utility bills in Virginia and across the country could climb up to 12-20% this season, so finding ways to save money on our summer energy bills is a priority for most homeowners,” said Ted Puzio, owner of Southern Trust Home Services. “There are several ways to reduce our energy costs this summer while beating the heat.”
- Install ceiling fans or place box fans around the house. Fans do not cool the air themselves, but they help a home’s air conditioning unit by moving cooler air. Fans also help dry out humid air that can trap heat.
- Upgrade or adjust the air conditioner. Air conditioning units must be properly maintained to perform optimally, so homeowners should have their system tuned once a year. However, if a home’s air conditioning unit is over 15 years old, the homeowner should consider upgrading to a newer system that has a high ENERGY STAR Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER).
- Add low flow water taps. Since water consumption increases in the summer, homeowners can save more by adding low-flow fixtures to their outdoor showerheads, toilets, and sprinklers. Garden enthusiasts should also only water first thing in the morning or late in the evening to allow the plants to soak up. The afternoon sun can evaporate the water before the plant roots can drink it.
- Close the blinds and seal the house. Keeping blinds closed in the middle of the day blocks out the heat of the afternoon sun, reducing the work on air conditioners. Adding weatherstripping to doors and windows can also prevent cool air from escaping the house.
- Raise the thermostat. Turning up the thermostat a few degrees can save hundreds of dollars every summer. Coupled with the addition of ceiling and box fans, homeowners can save money while still moving fresh air throughout the home.
- Cook outside or later at night. Instead of lighting the stove for the evening meal, owners can keep the heat out by grilling their dinners on the terrace. Families can also opt to cook meals in slow cookers all day or wait for the sun to go down to turn on the oven.
“And, as always, we recommend people stay hydrated. Drinking more water isn’t just healthy, it helps keep you cool,” Puzio said. “These tips help homeowners save money and they also reduce the strain on their municipality’s power grid, which can prevent brownouts and blackouts. We should all do our part to save money and energy this summer.
About Southern Trust Home Services
Founded in 1995 as Southern State Electric, Southern Trust Home Services provides one-day residential plumbing, electrical HVAC, drain cleaning and bathroom remodeling services, including 24-hour emergency repairs 24/7 to homeowners in over 60 Southwestern cities. Virginia. Roanoke’s first to offer a lifetime warranty on all recommended repairs, Southern Trust Home Services staff are dedicated, certified, licensed and insured, drug and criminal background checked technicians who provide fast, same day services for a variety of home repairs, installations and maintenance. A Better Business Bureau accredited company since 2006, Southern Trust Home Services offers financing that includes 0% for 18 months and a lifetime repair guarantee on listed repairs. For more information, call 540-343-4348 or visit www.southerntrusthomeservices.com.
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