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Energy Saving Tips for Summer

With high temperatures this summer, everyone is looking for ways to keep their energy bills low. Due to the heat, people tend to run their air conditioner more often, take longer showers and use more electricity to run fans throughout their homes. But did you know that saving energy this summer does not have to be a challenge? Check out these energy saving tips that will help you get through summer and save you money!

Install a New Air Conditioner

How long have you had your current air conditioning unit for? If it has been over 10 years it may be time to consider replacing it with a new unit that is more energy efficient. According to Energy Star, high-efficiency units can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs. Bob’s Heating & Cooling offers affordable and energy efficient air conditioners that give you economical performance, comfort and value.

Change Your Showering Habits

One way to save on your energy consumption this summer is to turn down the temperature of hot water when taking showers and decrease the duration of your showers. Taking colder and shorter showers will save on your hot water tank usage, which will therefore lower your energy bill. Another way to save on water consumption is to install a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters only heat water when needed, instead of having a full tank of unused water.

Invest in Window Coverings

Keeping the sun out of your home as much as possible can help to keep your cooling costs down. When sunlight enters a home, it turns into heat, so reducing solar heat by keeping sunlight out will keep your house cooler. Using window coverings such as shutters or drapes when the sun is at its hottest can help block out warm rays. This is especially useful at times when you are not home during the day.

Alternate Methods of Cooking

During the hot summer season, consider limiting the use of your oven. Using your oven daily traps more heat inside of your home, causing temperatures to rise. This can lead to uncomfortable conditions and requires your air conditioning system to work harder. Instead, you can use your microwave or spend more time with your family and loved ones grilling outside and enjoying the sunshine. If you have a need to use the oven every day, consider using it in the morning when temperatures are cooler outside and the air conditioner is not in use.

Install Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

Upgrading from traditional incandescent light bulbs to more energy-efficient ones such as halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent bulbs, and light emitting diodes could bring you many advantages. Energy efficient light bulbs use 25%-80% less energy, last longer and can emit a brighter light, compared to traditional incandescents. Although energy-efficient bulbs are more expensive, they cost less to operate and will save you money down the road.


Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning installs furnaces, air conditioners, and other systems that provide comfort and increase indoor air quality in Western Washington homes. We offer air conditioning and gas furnace repair and maintenance by expert technicians dedicated to providing only the best service. Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning proudly partners with organizations focused on sustainability and innovation, including Built Green, Energy Star, and Puget Sound Energy. Call us at (800)840-3346 or contact us online.


Do Closed Doors Reduce Cooling Costs?

Temperatures are rising and if you use an air conditioner in your home, you may be looking for ways to cut down on cooling costs during these hot summer months. A common theory is that closing doors to rooms that are not being used will reduce the amount of space needed to cool, which will therefore improve energy efficiency. Read on to find out if limiting the amount of air movement in your home will actually lower your energy bill.

Closing Doors and its Effect on Cooling Costs

Many people have the misconception that if they close doors in their home, it will reduce the amount of space that they need to heat or cool. While this sounds good in theory, it is actually a myth. Closing doors and vents in rooms that are not being used can raise your energy consumption. When you close a doorway, you block the path for air to efficiently move throughout your home.

Your home’s heating and cooling system works properly when the amount of air returning back to the furnace or air handler equals the volume delivered through the supply registers in each room. When doors are closed, rooms become pressurized and the air pressure pushes conditioned air through small openings. Rooms with closed doors start to leak air.

The air that escapes is replaced in an equal amount, which can increase the amount of air being drawn from 300 percent to 900 percent, significantly raising energy bills. This replacement air comes through places like the chimney, water heater or furnace flue along with any other small openings. Since the air is not coming through the HVAC system, it is not filtered and therefore contains dirt, dust and humidity which could affect the air quality in your home.

How to Improve Energy Efficiency

Now that we have established that closing doors is not energy efficient and can be quite dangerous to your home, you might be wondering what other options there are available to keep your cooling costs down. If you are looking to safely and efficiently cut down on energy costs this summer, there are many effective and reliable options such as:

  • Turning off your cooling system at night and opening your windows while sleeping. In the morning, shutting the windows and blinds to keep cool air inside
  • Installing window coverings to prevent heat gain through your windows
  • Operating your thermostat efficiently
  • Using a ceiling fan while using an air conditioner, which raises the thermostat setting about 4 degrees with no reduction in comfort
  • Scheduling regular maintenance for your cooling equipment


Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning installs top-of-the-line water heaters, air conditioners, furnaces and other systems that provide comfort and the highest indoor air quality in Western Washington homes. At Bob’s you will only find qualified expert technicians dedicated to providing the best service. Additionally, Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning proudly partners with organizations focused on sustainability and innovation, including Built Green, Energy Star, and Puget Sound Energy. Call now (800) 840-3346 or click here to schedule your appointment today!