“Summer-ize” Your Home for the June Solstice
June 16, 2016
Summertime is all about breaking out the swimsuits, firing up the grill and soaking in every bit of sunshine with friends and family. The last thing we need to spoil the fun is a hefty energy bill. Here are some quick and easy tips to save dollars while keeping your home cool:
Don’t Cool an Empty House
The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill. To tackle this without constantly changing the temperature every time you leave home, upgrade to a smart thermostat and let it do the work for you. Because a smart thermostat like Lyric Wi-Fi Round connects to your mobile device, you can control your home’s energy usage from anywhere, saving you hundreds of dollars per year. Lyric also allows you to connect with many of our API partners such as Samsung SmartThings, Apple HomeKit and IFTTT (If This Then That), giving you even more control over the comfort of your home.
Let Your Smart Home Do The Work For You
In addition to thermostats, home automation technologies enable you to control your security system, outdoor lighting, indoor lighting, fans and window shades all from the ease of your smartphone. To avoid heat-buildup in the home, owners might consider installing window shades or ceiling fans – both can be automatically scheduled during peak temperatures. Not to mention, having a ceiling fan allows you to raise the thermostat setting about four degrees Fahrenheit while still maintaining optimal comfort, and, on moderate days, you may be able to avoid using your air conditioning altogether.
Heat Up the Grill, Not Your Home
On brutally hot summer days, avoid using the oven and instead take advantage of grilling outside on the patio. If you don’t have a grill, opt to cook on the stove or use a microwave oven, so you aren’t producing added heat inside the home.
Let Sunlight Light Your Home
Homeowners can also avoid heat build-up by installing efficient lighting that runs cooler than average light bulbs. Or better yet, take advantage of the longer summer days and only use natural sunlight to light your home.
Maintenance is Key
The last thing you need on a hot summer day is the air conditioning unit breaking, leaving you and your family agitated and uncomfortable. Avoid the hassle by maintaining and repairing your heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system on a regular basis, scheduling routine maintenance checks throughout the year.
Another helpful tip is to ask your contractor to use Honeywell Genetron refrigerant in your AC unit. Genetron is an innovative refrigerant used in residential AC that reduces emissions, enhances energy efficiency and supports sustainability. With the commonly used R-22 refrigerant being phased out by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by January 1, 2020, Honeywell Genetron 422D, a long-term, non-ozone-depleting HFC-based refrigerant, can be used as a drop-in replacement in many units. Stay ahead to keep cool.
Be Friends with Your Utility Provider
Numerous electric and gas utility companies nationwide offer programs to provide homeowners with generous rebates for investing in smart thermostats and other energy-saving devices and energy efficiency programs known as demand response. Additionally, during the summertime, many utility providers offer financial incentives for consumers who play a vital role in the operation of the electric grid by reducing or shifting their electricity usage during peak periods. Check in with your utility provider to see what potentially money-saving promotions they are running throughout the summer season.
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