The summer has already approached, and as the mercury rises, the electricity bills of our houses are also bound to shoot high. The weather outside is growing hotter, and your home air conditioning system is your only refuge. And, we all know AC and cooler can run up your energy bills high unless you adopt a few smart energy-saving habits. Another way to combat this is- by reducing your electricity consumption. And here’s how our 10 easy ways can help you save electricity this summer.
1. Go Solar:
With around 360 days of sunshine every year, India has one of the best conditions in the world to harness solar energy. Installing a solar rooftop system is a great way to generate clean and renewable electricity. It can be installed on the rooftop, which is a one-time investment plan. So, if you wish to cut your energy savings by more than 75%, then this is one of the best options to consider.
Related Read: 5 Benefits of Solar Energy to the Environment
2. Turn off unnecessary appliances:
Turning off home appliances is not really an “energy saver” technique as you might think it to be. Many modern electronics use standby power when not in use — like modern TVs, computers, and telephone charges. When you’re done charging your phone or watching TV, unplug those devices completely.
3. Use Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs:
We assume you must have seen a lot of advertisements for CFL light bulbs before. But have you thought of using it? Well, if not then we suggest you do so. CFL light bulbs use 75% less electricity than their incandescent counterparts. CFL light bulbs cost more upfront, but the financial payback is 100% worth it.
4. Plant shrubs and trees in your surrounding:
Planting trees and shrubs next to your home can further boost your home’s insulation. By strategically placing the plants a few feet away from your house, you can shield your family against both cold and hot temperatures.
5. Insulate your home properly:
During summers, you need to ensure that you keep hot air out and cool air in. Take some time to inspect your home for air leaks and poor insulation; also, cover your windows with light-coloured cotton curtains. This helps as it is one of the best ways to make sure your AC units aren’t working overtime.
6. Install a smart thermostat:
Before you plan to install a thermostat, let’s first understand what it is. A thermostat is a device that tries to maintain the temperature of your room. And by installing a “smart” thermostat, you can program your climate control system to regulate inside temperatures only when necessary. This way, you can save money by automating the air conditioner.
7. Seal all the leaks of windows and doorways:
Now, if we assume that you are using a thermostat in your home, you might want to take note of an important thing here. If your home is not properly sealed then your thermostat is regulating the temperature of the entire world, like literally. And the worst part is- you’re paying for it. Be sure to seal all the leaks, this includes- around the windows, doors, vents, and any other entrances into your home.
8. Air-dry your clothes:
Using dryers do no harm, but surely adds up a lot to the electricity bill. Looking at an environmental side of it- Dryers are responsible for emitting tons of carbon dioxide annually. Use a clothesline or portable rack to air-dry wet laundry instead of using dryers that run on electricity.
9. Keep your vents and windows open:
In the summer, open your windows early in the morning (between 5.00 to 8.00 am), and later in the evening (between 7.00 to 10.00 pm). You can also create a breeze inside your home by opening your windows at opposite ends; this will ensure cross ventilation.
10. Put more clothes in the washing machine:
When using larger appliances, do the best to use them by loading them to its fullest capacity. This means, when you are doing washing clothes, don’t add only 3-4 clothes at once; try to add more clothes in the single wash.
Let the summer be a hot one, but make sure it doesn’t cost heavy on your pockets. Apply these summer energy saving tips for your home as this will help to beat the heat without burning your pockets! Contact us today to get a free solar panel installation quote or call us at +91 772-199-4477.