Summer is here and energy costs continue to be on the rise. With the abundance of appliances that are bound to be used, it is wise to be mindful about where your energy is going. Here are five energy efficient tips to help save you money and energy this summer

1) Use Window Coverings to Keep Out Heat

Using blinds or curtains to help keep out heat and insulate your home can reduce the usage of your air conditioning, saving you money in the long run.

2) Unplug Devices You Aren’t Using

Some devices that you aren’t using but remain plugged in are known as energy drainers. These devices use up energy and can easily run up your electricity bill. By unplugging these unused devices, you will not only save money, but you will extend the lifespan of said devices.

3) Wash With Cold Water

It is estimated that washing your clothes with cold water can save you up to $200 annually. This reduces the usage of your water heater and depending on your load size, can save you an abundance of energy.

4) Turn Off Unused Lights

Turning off lights that aren’t being used is by far the easiest energy saver you can practice; this includes room lights, lamps and LED’s. Saving energy does not have to be complicated, turning off unused lights can go a long way

5) Invest in a Smart or Programmable Thermostat

Investing in a smart thermostat will increase the overall energy efficiency of your home by reducing the time your air conditioning is running. To put it simply, these thermostats can be programmed to turn off and on depending on your schedule. They can also recognize outside temperatures and adjust themselves accordingly. If you are looking to get one installed, give us a call at (210) 899-2430 and one of our certified technicians can take care of you.