Spring is finally here! But in Southern California, Spring can often feel like summer. With both energy costs and temperatures on the rise, using the AC isn’t always the cheapest option to keep your home cool. There are some cost-effective solutions, though!
- Focus on Fans. Most homes and apartments will feature ceiling fans, which are typically underutilized. Good ventilation along with the use of these fans can provide quite a bit of relief during the summer heat. Additionally, there are a number of fans on the market that don’t take up as much room as they used to. A tall, blade-less floor fan can maximize airflow without taking up too much space.
- Consider curtains. If your home allows for it, consider the use of curtains. While thicker curtains block out light, they also block out heat and keep cool air in.
- Place some plants. If the darkness of the curtains bums you out, try some placing some plants by the windows. While the plants absorb sunlight coming into the home, they’ll also block a lot of the light coming in without turning your home into a darkened cave.
- Close doors that don’t need to be open. When you are using your AC, you can minimize the amount of space you are cooling by closing off doors to bathrooms, closets, and other areas that don’t need to be cooled. This can improve your energy usage and save you money on your electric bill!
- Turn off the oven. Turning the oven on to 400 degrees while you cook can elevate the temperature in your unit for hours. In the summer, take advantage of outdoor grilling if your property allows for it, or try making some cold summer-friendly meals!
There are many other things you can do, such as turning off appliances when not in use, running your dishwasher at night, utilizing power-strips, and many more. Just remember, you don’t have to live through the summer months with high electric bills if you are pro-active! If you have any questions about whether or not your property accommodates the above suggestions, feel free to reach out to us!