9 Summer Energy Saving Tips

9 Summer Energy Saving Tips

AUG. 6, 2020

Each summer, we see temperatures spike in the Eastern Washington. We know this can result in the rise of electricity bills. To help reduce your energy consumption and lower your bill, your expert Tri-Cities electricians at Columbia River Electric Maintenance have put together a list of nine residential summer energy-saving tips.

- Stick with consistent, reasonable temperatures. Avoid changing your thermostat frequently.

Set your thermostat at a comfortable temperature. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.

- Keep the temperature of your home warmer than usual when away from home. Lower the thermostat setting when you return home and need cooling. Install a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust temperature. 

- Use window treatment and coverings to keep heat out.

Sunlight can heat a room up quickly. Prevent heat gain by covering your windows during the day using blinds, shades, curtains, film, or shutters. 

- Turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room. 

Fans create a wind chill effect, resulting in cooling people down, not rooms. 

- Air seal your home to prevent hot air from leaking in. 

Seal cracks and openings and weather strip or caulk leaky windows and doors is a great way to help save on energy costs.

- Check your air vents for blockage or dust. 

Make sure your registers' airflow are not being blocked by furniture. Also, be sure to vacuum your vents to remove any debris or dust. 

- Operate major appliances in the evening. 

Dishwashers and dryers produce a lot of heat. Operate these appliances in the evening when it is cooler. 

- Schedule regular maintenance for your cooling equipment.

- Have your electrical system checked by an electrician.

To get a good idea of what you are dealing with, you may need the help of a professional. A seasoned electrician will be able to examine and assess your electrical system and other factors in your property that may contribute to high energy bills.

We are local electricians in Tri-Cities, WA proudly servicing homes in Pasco, Richland, Kennewick, Benton City, Prosser, and surrounding areas. Contact us today if you have any questions about your electrical system or would to schedule an electrical inspection.