As we enter the heat of summer in Southern California, heat waves become a common occurrence. In addition to insane spikes in your electricity bills, there is always the threat of blackouts with increased energy consumption. To do our part, it’s essential to know how to conserve energy during a heatwave while still managing to be comfortable.
At AAA Calvert, we’re here to help. We offer installation, repair, and maintenance services on your cooling units to help maximize their performance and conserve your energy during a heatwave. Here are a few other tips for saving energy.
Turn Off All Unnecessary Electronic Devices
It may seem like an obvious conservation method, but being mindful of turning off unnecessary electronic devices is hugely helpful during a heatwave. Not only does this include your bigger appliances, but also consider some of the more minor things. If you are using a laptop, charge it up overnight to use the battery power during the peak hours of the day.
When you leave your home for an hour or more, make sure you’re turning off any computers, monitors, printers, copiers, etc.
Close Window Shades and Blinds
Before the sun starts beating into your home, heating it in the middle of the afternoon, go around your home and close all of the window shades and blinds. This tactic will help keep your home insulated during the heat of the day and keep the cooler morning air inside. Rather than running your AC, you might be able to get away with running fans during the day.
Raise Your Thermostat
Whenever able, raise the temperature on your thermostat by a couple of degrees during the peak hours of the afternoon. Hopefully, by utilizing the other energy conservation methods, you can help to keep your house cool with minimal energy. Raising the temperature even by a couple degrees can make the world of a difference in your energy consumption.
Turn Off All Non-Essential Lights
Especially in the afternoons when light isn’t as necessary, go around your home and turn off as many lights as possible. For the lights you will need to use, make sure you switch them to energy efficient bulbs. You can also opt for a small desk light versus overhead lighting to help conserve energy.
Call the Experts
If you’re looking for options to help conserve energy during a heatwave, let the experts at AAA Calvert assist you. Our HVAC experts can help you pinpoint any issues, identify the proper course of action, and implement these services to meet your needs. Call us at 562-429-1546 to request a quote today.