“Electricity bills in Virginia and across the country could be as high as 12-20% this season, so finding ways to save money on our summer energy bills is a priority for most homeowners,” he said TedPuzio, owner of Southern Trust Home Services. “There are a number of ways we can reduce our energy bills this summer while braving the heat.”
- Install ceiling fans or place box fans throughout the home. Fans don’t cool the air themselves, but they do assist in a home’s air conditioning system by moving colder air. Fans also help dry the humid air that can retain heat.
- Update or tune the air conditioning. Air conditioners need to be properly maintained to work most efficiently, so homeowners should have their system tuned in annually. However, if a home’s AC unit is more than 15 years old, a homeowner should consider upgrading to a newer system that has a high ENERGY STAR SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating.
- Add low flow water fittings. As water use increases during the summer, homeowners can make further savings by adding low-flow sprinklers to their showerheads, toilets, and sprinklers. Garden lovers should also only water early in the morning or late in the evening so that the plants can soak up water. The afternoon sun can evaporate the water before the plant roots can absorb it.
- Close the blinds and seal the house. Keeping the blinds closed during the middle of the day will block the heat of the afternoon sun, reducing air conditioning work. Installing weatherstripping strips on doors and windows can also prevent cool air from escaping the home.
- Turn up the thermostat. Raising the thermostat a few degrees can save you hundreds of dollars every summer. Coupled with the addition of ceiling and box fans, homeowners can save money while moving cool air throughout the home.
- Cook outdoors or later at night. Instead of firing up the stove for dinner, homeowners can keep the heat out by grilling their dinner on the patio. Families can also choose to cook in slow cookers all day or wait until the sun goes down to turn on the oven.
“And as always, we encourage people to stay hydrated. Not only is drinking more water healthy, it helps keep you cool,” Puzio said. “These tips help homeowners save money, and they also reduce the stress on their community’s electrical grid, which can prevent brownouts and blackouts. We should all do our part to save money and energy this summer.”
About Southern Trust Home Services
Established in 1995 as Southern State Electric, Southern Trust Home Services provides home plumbing, HVAC electrical services, drain cleaning and one-day bathroom remediation services, including 24-hour emergency repairs, to homeowners in more than 60 Southwest cities Virginia. Roanokes Southern Trust Home Services is the first company to offer a lifetime warranty on all recommended repairs. Southern Trust Home Services staff provide dedicated, certified, licensed and insured drug and crime screened technicians who provide timely, same-day services for a variety of home repairs, installations and maintenance. An A Better Business Bureau accredited business since 2006, Southern Trust Home Services offers financing including 0 percent for 18 months and a lifetime repairs guarantee on specified repairs. To learn more, call 540-343-4348 or visit www.southerntrusthomeservices.com.
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