As Christmas approaches the days and the days are warming up, you’ll find yourself turning the aircon on more frequently. You want be comfortable in you house, but you also have that dreaded energy bill in the back of your mind.. At Coooltone we wanted to share a few little tips on how to save some money over the peak summer period.
Lower the temperature on the water heater
Dropping the temperature on the water heater even slightly can reduce your energy bills quite a bit while still keeping you comfortable. For a ten-degree drop in temperature, you could potentially be saving up to five percent on your energy bill. Keep your temperature somewhere between 120 to 130 degrees in order to kill bacteria but still save money. If you plan to visit family over the holidays or otherwise be away from home for a few days, turn the heater off.
Use your Ceiling fans to help air circulation
Use you ceiling fans in conjunction with your AirCon – sounds counter intuitive right? Well there is a logic and a science behind it, the ceiling fans increase cool air circulation so you can run your air con at a lower temperature over an extended period of time this will actually save you money on your air con. It will also put a lot less stain on your air con lower the chances of it breaking down.
Insulate your water heater and pipes
This is probably a tip that will be more suited to winter however still will save you money then. The water heaters for most homes are located out of the way like in the garage or out the back or side of your house. If yours doesn’t have an insulator, you may need to insulate it yourself. You can pick up an insulated water heater jacket for a good price. Pipes can be insulated as well. If your pipes run through areas that are cool, see if you can wrap them in heat tape. Less heat will then be lost through the pipes and you can enjoy your steaming hot showers.
Minimise air leaks in your house
If you have any air leaks in your home, chances are quite a bit o air is escaping and costing you money. You can reduce your energy bill by locating the leaks and closing them off. Your doorframe is the biggest culprit when it comes to air leaks. Try weather stripping or a foam sealant to make sure not too much heat is being lost. You can do the same for window frames.
Purchase a Quality Solar Tint
One of the best things that you can do to reduce your energy bill is to put solar window tint in. You may think that window film is mostly for summer. However, it doesn’t only keep the heat out – it also keeps the heat in. Solar window film is an insulator and is able to keep heat from escaping through the glass by up to 92%! This means your interiors can stay regulated for a longer period of time and your heating/cooling system won’t need to work as hard.
Cooltone specialise in residential window tinting that keeps your home safer & saves you money. Get in touch today to see how we can help!