Southern summers can be brutal. So can the battle between rising outdoor temperatures and the comfort of our homes.
The weather has a huge impact on the amount of electricity you use. Understanding that is essential to being able to do something about it. We have some tips to help you keep summer temperatures from burning up your energy dollars.
Set your thermostat to 78 in the summer.
Every degree you lower your thermostat below 78°F adds 3-5 percent to cooling costs
Save energy by using a programmable thermostat or smart thermostat.
You can regulate your home’s temperature when you’re asleep or away and automatically return to more comfortable conditions before you wake or return home.
Routinely change your return filters.
Do it least every three months, to help your unit run more efficiently.
A well-sealed home with the right amount of insulation can make a real difference on your utility bills.
Your home can experience up to 25 percent air loss through small cracks and holes in the outer walls, ceiling, windows, and floor. ENERGY STAR shows you how(link is external)
Monitor your energy use with MyEnergy Online.
A free online tool available to members of Broad River Electric Cooperative.