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Energy Efficient Appliances and Practices for the Summer

As temperatures rise, so does the demand for cooling solutions, but we are here to tell you that staying cool doesn’t have to come at the cost of high energy bills. Appliances can make a big difference in keeping your home cool during the summer while also reducing the cost of your energy bills. This summer, here are some appliances and practices we suggest to keep you cool.

Energy-Efficient Air Conditioner: Try to look for air conditioners with a high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating. This rating determines the ratio of the cooling output of an air conditioner and heat pump over a typical cooling season. Newer models are often more efficient than older ones, so maybe it is time for an upgrade!

Ceiling Fans: Using ceiling fans can help circulate cool air throughout a room, which allows you to set your thermostat higher and reduce the load on your air conditioner. Extra tip: Make sure your fan is spinning counterclockwise to create a desired downdraft to keep cool.

Programmable Thermostat: A programmable thermostat allows you to adjust the temperature based on your schedule, so you’re not cooling an empty house unnecessarily. By automatically reducing cooling when you’re not home and ramping it up before you return, you can maintain a comfortable environment without wasting energy on an empty house.

Energy Star Appliances: When shopping for appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, and dishwashers, look for the Energy Star label. This indicates that the appliance meets the energy efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Choosing Energy Star-certified appliances ensures that you are investing in products that consume less energy, helping you reduce your utility bills and lessen your environmental impact.

Proper maintenance: Keep your appliances well-maintained by cleaning filters, coils, and vents regularly. This helps them reduce their energy consumption and run efficiently, therefore extending their lifespan.

Energy-efficient cooking methods: During the summer, consider using small appliances like microwaves, toaster ovens, or outdoor grills instead of your stove or oven, which can heat up your home. These smaller appliances generate less heat, helping to keep your indoor environment cooler and reducing the need for additional air conditioning.

Solar Water Heaters: Solar water heaters use sunlight to heat water for domestic use. They consist of solar collectors that absorb solar energy and transfer it to a heat transfer fluid, which then heats water stored in a tank. Investing in a solar water heater can significantly reduce energy costs associated with heating water.

By incorporating these energy-saving appliances and practices into your home, you can stay cool during the summer months while also reducing your energy consumption and utility bills. E3 Energy Solutions can help identify problem areas and provide the best energy solutions. We provide no-cost energy services that will identify your home’s energy loss. Give us a call today to learn more!

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