Summer Energy Savings!

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Realty Center

Keep cool inside your house this summer season, while trimming your bill in the process.  Follow one or all of these smart Summer Energy Saving Tips:

1. Tune up your A/C.  If you have central air, hire a licensed HVAC contractor to do a preseason check.  He will do a routine maintenance that can prevent costly problems later.  Every 2 or 3 years, have the ducts checked too.  Proper sealing and insulation can cut energy use by 20 percent.  Clean the filter monthly, and replace it at least every 3 months. 

 

2.  Set your thermostat.  Installing a programmable thermostat can pay you back in energy savings the first year.  For the most savings, about $180 a year, the EPA suggests you set the thermostat to 85 degrees when you are out, 82 degrees while you sleep and 78 degrees when you are home.  You can adjust the numbers a bit, but if there is more than 10 degrees between the highest and the lowest settings you won't save any money. 

 

3.  Stop heating up the kitchen.  Using your oven is the most energy-intensive way to cook a meal, and it pours heat into the kitchen as well.  Instead, consider the microwave, toaster oven or slow cooker.  A microwave, uses 80 percent less energy than the stove and it doesn't heat up the kitchen at all.  If you do bake, use the oven light to check on food.  Opening the door can lower the temperature by 25 degrees!

 

4.  Put a ceiling fan to work.  An energy efficient fan costs a few cents per hour to operate but makes the air feel 6 to 8 degrees cooler on your skin, so you can set your air conditioner higher.  For every 2 degrees you will save $40 over the season.  Set the fan's blades to run counterclockwise to push air down toward you (reverse them in winter to send warm air near the ceiling into the room). 

 

5.  Block incoming rays.  For $20 and up per window, solar film can keep up t 70 percent of the sun's heat (and 99 percent of UV rays) out of the house without blocking the light.  New technology means it's not the shiny stuff you may remember, and you can remove it come fall if you wish.  Focus on the windows that get the most sun, like those that face south.  You will save u to 30 percent on cooling costs, and keep your furniture from fading too! Another option---use insulating curtains or blinds, and close them during the day.  For long-term savings, plant deciduous trees near south-facing windows.  They will block the summer sun but let the rays in when the leaves are gone. 

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Rainmaker
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Bud & Beth McKinney
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Wow! What really great suggestions. These simple things can really save some money - and it's definitely worth it! Thanks so much for sharing.

May 23, 2012 07:14 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
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You betcha Bud and Beth!

May 23, 2012 07:34 AM #2
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Kristine Ginsberg
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Great tips Kristin and I think it's time I had a tune up on our central air. It doesn't feel as strong as it did a few years ago. I'll put in on my to-do list! Have a great day!

May 23, 2012 07:35 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
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Thanks much Kristine....always adding to the list like me too!

May 23, 2012 07:38 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Roger D. Mucci
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Always good to be reminded of energy saving tips for the summer MM...........great job.

May 23, 2012 08:04 AM #5
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Lou Ludwig
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Kristin

Thanks for tips . . . . Are  you saying to not heat up the kitchen and eat out?

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 23, 2012 08:46 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
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Thanks Roger, I agree!

Lou, you can interpret it that way too lol!

May 23, 2012 09:01 AM #7
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Justin & Krystal Knott
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Kristin, these are great tips for those living in warmer climates.  Thanks for the helpful information, I will keep this in mind next time I am in a warmer area.  --Krystal

May 23, 2012 10:41 AM #8
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Kevin J. May
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Kristin, that's all good except #2, the better half would not be happy with those numbers.  It's all about survival and especially through our sometimes extreme summers.  Keeping cool in Naples!

May 23, 2012 11:03 AM #9
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
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You bet Krystal!

 

Kevin, glad u r cool :-)

May 23, 2012 11:37 AM #10
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Kristen those are really great suggestions.  Cooking outdoors is a great way to enjoy nature and reduce energy costs.

May 23, 2012 07:22 PM #11
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Kathy, I agree!  Thanks!

May 24, 2012 05:45 AM #12
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Kristin, Thank you for your post. I really like your preventive measures, like leave the oven door closed and #5 buying film to use on the windows to keep the heat out. Excellent suggestions.

Jun 30, 2012 10:42 AM #13
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
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Thanks Adrian..glad you liked it

Jun 30, 2012 11:05 AM #14
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Kristen some really good tips here, keep spreading the word, live more comfortably, healthier and sve money doing it.
Jul 22, 2012 04:55 AM #15
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Thanks David...I sure will!

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