It is hot, hot, hot! Beating the heat is not always easy during these long, sweltering days, especially if you do not own an air conditioner! Learn how to save energy this summer with these helpful tips brought to you by Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning.
BREAK SHOWERING HABITS
One way to save energy this summer is to take cooler, shorter showers. Turning down the temperature of your hot water tank will reduce the energy needed to heat the water, limiting hot water usage and helping you save on your energy bill. Another way to save on water heating costs is by installing a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters heat only the water you are using instead of keeping a reserved tank full of hot water at all times.
INVEST IN ENERGY-EFFICIENT LIGHT BULBS
Looking for ways to save energy? Upgrade lighting from incandescent bulbs to more energy-efficient bulbs such as halogen incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent bulbs (VFLs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Energy efficient light bulbs use 25 to 80 percent less energy, last longer and can emit a brighter light compared to traditional incandescent bulbs. Although energy-efficient bulbs are more expensive to purchase, they cost less to operate and will save you money over time.
GRILLING OVER BAKING
Whenever possible, grill instead of bake. Limiting the use of the oven can decrease the amount of excess heat that gets trapped in your home. If you do find the need to bake, consider baking in the morning before the home heats up and when it is cooler outside. Moreover, grilling helps reduce your energy bill and can make traditional recipes more fun and creative! Here are some creative grilling recipes that act as perfect substitutions for popular breakfast and lunch favorites.
CLOSE BLINDS IN THE AFTERNOON
The afternoon is, of course, the hottest time of the day. Do you have west-facing windows? Eliminate excess heat by closing your blinds before the afternoon hits. This helps shield your home from the sweltering sun and can also save energy by potentially limiting the number of hours spent utilizing the air conditioner.
GET A NEW AIR CONDITIONER OR HEAT PUMP
Do you currently own an air conditioner? Air conditioners that are ten years or older are dated and inefficient, which can lead to wasted energy. A new heat pump or air conditioner can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs. Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning offers affordable, energy efficient air conditioners that provide comfort and value that your family deserves.
Save Energy with a new Air Conditioner or Heat Pump
Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning installs heat pumps and air conditioners that provide comfort and increase the indoor air quality in Pacific Northwest homes. We offer HVAC repairs and maintenance by expert technicians dedicated to providing only the best service. We also proudly partner with organizations focused on sustainability and innovation, including Built Green, Energy Star, and Puget Sound Energy. Call us at (425) 689-7778 or contact us online for more information.