Stay Cool This Summer with These Simple Energy-Saving Tips
Summer is the time for barbeques, trips to the pool and frosty treats, but it can also mean higher energy bills because of cooling costs. Follow these tips and best practices to shelter your home from the sweltering heat while keeping your cooling costs under control.
Use floor and ceiling fans
On those nice days when it doesn’t feel as hot, turn off your AC and use ceiling, floor and table fans instead. Fans use a fraction of the energy that central AC units do — so when the job can be done by a fan, pick the fan.
Concentrate your AC
When it is just too hot to use fans, try to concentrate your air conditioning flow to the rooms or areas of your home that you use the most. This is more energy-efficient than trying to cool your entire home. Close the vents in those rooms you don’t frequently use, like spare bedrooms and the basement and only open them when you need them.
Don’t cool an empty house
When you leave for that summer vacation, remember to turn up the thermostat to 85-90°F so you don’t cool your home when no one is there to enjoy it.
Upgrade to a “smart” or programmable thermostat
If you haven’t upgraded to a smart or programmable thermostat, now is the time to do so. These thermostats can change the temperature automatically based on your preferences, so you can set a lower temperature when you’re home and a higher temperature while you’re away at work. Learn more about our available rebates for thermostats.
Get a dehumidifier
Illinois summers are known for their humidity, so combat it with a dehumidifier. Reducing the amount of moisture in the air can make your home seem much cooler, without having to turn on the AC.
Upgrade your cooling units
Because older appliances tend to be less efficient, it might be time for you to upgrade to a newer, more energy efficient AC unit. We provide discounts and incentives for customers who want to upgrade to more energy efficient HVAC systems. Find out if you qualify.
Looking for more ways to make your home more energy-efficient? Check out how to save energy on every load of laundry.