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How to Beat the Heat and Conserve Energy This Summer!
For most Arizona homeowners, October can’t come soon enough. We’re all being put to the test to stay cool while we attempt to keep our energy bill down to a manageable level. So, here are some veteran Arizona homeowner tips to help you easily beat the heat and conserve your energy usage!
1. Give Your Air Conditioner a Yearly Checkup
One of the most important factors in reducing energy costs, and keeping cool, is maximizing the efficiency of your air conditioning. Clearing a clogged A/C unit filter alone can save 5 to 15 percent in energy use and will help keep the unit in proper working order.
2. Install a Smart Thermostat
SRP actually has a rebate program for installing smart thermostats! These can cut down energy costs as much as 20 percent. One study found that each degree a thermostat is set above 80⁰F could save 2-3% percent in cooling costs!
3. Plant Some Trees!
Planting shrubs and trees on the south and west sides of your house, or at least over your outdoor A/C unit, can make your cooling systems up to 10 percent more efficient. Check out this Shade Tree Program that provides up to two FREE desert-adapted trees to plant around your home (one for the South side of your home and one for the West)!
4. Security Screen Doors to Let in the Breeze (Or Not)
With dual paned tempered glass and bug screen inserts, Iron Security Doors are another way to manage your energy bill all year! When our Iron Security Doors are closed, they keep unwanted air-flow out. However, what about when your home is a little stuffy and you need to circulate some air? Our mesh guard (bug screen) insert allows you to open your door or glass to naturally enhance circulation without letting the bugs in. By serving as a window within a door, our mesh guard inserts allow timely circulation. Over time, you’ll be able to make the most of the accessibility by cracking the door open to let in a fresh breeze in late fall or even during monsoon season and enjoy smell of the rain!
5. Use Electricity During Off-Peak Hours
Energy companies charge more during “peak” hours, that is, when demand is the highest. By scheduling your energy use to “off peak” hours – early morning or late at night – you can help reduce load on the grid and lower your monthly energy bill.
6. Mind Your Windows!
During the day, keeping blinds drawn and windows closed can help keep the pesky heat from warming up your interior space, and making your air conditioning work harder to keep the space comfortable. However, if you like your light, you can also install sunscreens. About 50% of the heat that enters your home comes through the windows. This makes sunscreens one of the most effective and affordable energy-efficiency upgrades. While blocking heat gain, sunscreens can protect your home’s interior from sun damage, provide added privacy and cut cooling costs. First Impression Ironworks works with SRP to get you paid for keeping your home cooler during summer months using sunscreens!
We hope these tips are helpful. If you are looking to Beat the Heat and are ready to hear more about how Sunscreens and Iron Doors, from First Impression Ironworks, would fit your needs, call us today at 602-345-7481 to learn more.