The trademark heat & humidity of Massachusetts summers can send your home energy bills through the roof. Afternoons by the pool and trips to the beach are great ways to beat the heat, but if you’re reading this, you probably can’t spend all summer poolside. Here are some ways to beat the heat at home while saving money and energy.
1. Set your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit. 78 degrees allows for a comfortable environment and lower energy costs for the energy-conscious homeowner.
2. Close the blinds. Closing curtains in parts of the house that face the sun, especially during the hottest part of the day, can cause up to a 40% increase in heat inside your house. This can strain your air conditioning systems and will make it harder to cool your home.
3. Grill outdoors (it is summer after all!). Grilling outdoors uses less energy and doesn’t create heat inside your home.
4. If you have one, utilize your ceiling fan. A ceiling fan can lower the temperature in your home by up to 10 degrees and will allow you to increase the temperature on your thermostat (which means using less energy). A fan will also help to circulate and distribute cold air.
5. Dry your clothes outdoors. Get a clothesline and let the sun work for you!
6. Replace your traditional incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs or LED bulbs. Energy saving light bulbs use up to 75% less energy, last longer, and generate less heat than traditional bulbs. You can get all
7. Take shorter, cooler showers. After a long and sweaty day outdoors, jump into a cool shower. It’s refreshing and reduces the amount of hot water you use on a daily basis.
8. Plant trees around your home. Trees provide shade to your home and AC units, keeping them cooler on hot sunny days and helps reduce energy costs. Spend a day outdoors planting trees and shrubs around your home and air conditioning units.
9. Turn off appliances. This may seem basic, but they can do a surprising amount to reduce your energy costs. Even the most basic appliances use small amounts of energy when not in use. Turn lights off when you’re not in the room and connect your electronic devices (TV, DVR box, stereo, gaming console) to a single power strip and turn it off when the devices aren’t in use.
10. Open your windows. If it’s cool at night, open your windows before you go to bed and close them when you wake up to trap the cooler air inside your home (remember to turn the AC off when the windows are open).
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Take the first step by scheduling an assessment and we will get you set up for a no-cost home energy assessment through the Mass Save® Program. Through this program, your home can qualify for up to 75% off the cost of insulation upgrades. Our Energy Specialists will be able to help you find problem areas in your home and provide estimates on getting insulation that is right for you and your home. Through these assessments, you gain access to many incentives, rebates, and discounts offered through the Mass Save Program.
• No-cost high-efficiency lightbulb replacements. We’ll install them throughout your home!
• Energy use evaluation and infrared report of any trouble areas.
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• No-cost energy-efficient shower heads and programmable thermostats.
• A custom energy efficiency report and action plan, including recommendations for insulation improvements.
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