Living costs in Texas have been steadily rising. This summer's rising temperatures will only increase that cost and the freon shortage. So now, clever Texans are looking for every way to budget smarter without giving up needed air conditioning in their hot climate.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) famously couldn't handle the cold-weather shift, and many desert dwellers are wary of its heat and humidity efficiency. However, there are many ways that Texans can save money while staying cool. Here are some great tips you should follow this summer!
You Don't Have to Suffer to be More Efficient
For each degree you raise your thermostat in the summer, and for each degree that you lower it in the winter, you save a significant percentage on energy costs. This efficiency factor will benefit not just your neighbors but your budget directly. Most energy-saving experts agree that putting your thermostat settings at 78° in the summer and 68° in the winter is a worthy goal for people to work towards.
Starting one degree higher than you're used to and working your way towards that goal is a less intimidating way to start. Another great option is to raise your thermostat to a higher setting while away at work during the day. A programmable thermostat is an incredible option to maximize energy savings and schedule your AC throughout the day – even when you're away from home.
Tools to Lower Your Budget and Keep Your House Cool
Beyond the thermostat, there are other budget-friendly ways to keep your house comfortable. Black-out curtains will help insulate your home and keep temperatures cooler. Using fans for circulation is an energy-friendly way to further the cooling efforts of your HVAC system. Ensuring you have the recommended amount of insulation is another way to keep climate control costs down.
Invest in Energy Efficient Upgrades
Upgrading pre-2015 HVAC units will save on long-term energy costs and short-term repairs as Freon costs rise. Putting your thermostat on a timer helps keep long-term costs low. You won't have to keep track of them yourself once they are programmed.
Short-term Budget-Friendly Choices Are Important
Using cold water for washing laundry has never been easier or more energy-friendly! In addition, many detergents are designed for cold water, which is a better choice for extending the life of your favorite clothes and linens.
Turning out the lights, closing blinds, using showers instead of baths, and unplugging appliances can bring your electricity bill down. Switching out the filter in your HVAC unit seasonally costs very little and only takes a few minutes. It allows your machine to run more efficiently and saves time and money in the long run.
Contact Comfort Masters today to see how you can save money this summer AND stay cool! They will ensure you have the proper equipment and are set up for success.