If you hesitate to turn on your air conditioning because you’re afraid of higher energy bills, it’s time to get a grip on your energy costs!
You don’t have to resort to cold showers or cutting back on cookouts and other summer fun. We’ve got five tips that will help you save energy and save money, while keeping your home comfortable.
Give your kitchen a summer vacation. Skip using the oven and cooktop as often as you can, especially on hot days. Your stove can heat up your home and make your air conditioner have to work harder to keep your home cool. Use your stove later in the evening or early in the morning. Make meals using small appliances, like your slow cooker, multicooker (like an Instant Pot), toaster oven and microwave. Take your cooking outside as much as possible. Use your propane grill for delicious meals from breakfast through dinner. And if you’re in need of a grill upgrade Advanced Propane is a Broilmaster dealer, so we’re ready to help!
Upgrade your appliances. Today’s propane appliances are even more energy-efficient. When it comes to propane heaters, water heaters, tankless water heaters, gas logs and grills, the professionals at Advanced Propane can help you find the most energy efficient ones for your home, and you may be able to get a rebate, too!
Be smart about cooling. If the temperature is going to be cool after sunset, turn off your A/C and open the windows. Use window coverings to keep direct sunlight from heating your home. Use a programmable thermostat to keep from running the A/C too much while you’re away. Don’t put lights or electronics near the thermostat. The thermostat senses the heat from them, and makes your air conditioner work harder for what equates to no additional reason. Take care of your air conditioning system: change filters regularly, vacuum registers to get rid of dust, and get regular tune-ups.
Change your lights. Did you know that only between 10 and 15 percent of the energy an incandescent light bulb uses goes towards light, and that the rest of it goes towards heat? That heat is warming up your home and working against your air conditioner. Invest in new light bulbs such as halogen incandescent and LED.
Don’t add heat. Avoid using appliances as much as possible during the day by doing chores such as running the dishwasher and doing laundry after the sun goes down or early in the morning. By the way, a propane dryer makes for faster drying with less wrinkling, meaning you also won’t have to iron as much. Turn your water heater temperature down to 120 degrees, and don’t forget to set it to the vacation setting when you’re going to be away for longer than a day!
Advanced Propane is here to assist you with your home’s propane needs, while helping to save you money and energy along the way. Become an Advanced Propane customer today!