With spring just around the corner, warmer weather is fast approaching. Using your thermostat properly can help alleviate unnecessary costs and allow for more efficient energy consumption. In a recent article, the U.S. Energy Department gives simple ideas for energy efficiency that can benefit your pocketbook.
According to the U.S. Energy Department, below are several strategies to help you save energy during spring and summer when the weather is warm and you are trying to keep your home cool. Some of the tips below are free and can be used on a daily basis to increase your savings. Other suggestions are simple and inexpensive actions you can take to ensure maximum savings through the warmer months.
- In an air conditioned setting, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4 degrees Fahrenheit with no reduction in comfort.
- Turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room. Remember fans cool people, not rooms, by creating a wind chill effect.
- When you shower or take a bath, use the bathroom fan to remove the heat and humidity from your home. Your laundry room might also benefit from spot ventilation. Make sure bathroom and kitchen fans are vented to the outside, not just to the attic.
See this article on the U.S. Energy Department website.