Summer Energy Efficiency Tips You Should Know

Use Those Savings Towards Something Fun!

a/c home energy pennsylvaniaThere’s so much to do during summer in the Delmarva region!

Days at the beach, nights under the stars at an outdoor concert, taking the family out for ice cream, getting together with friends over a pile of crabs.

Who knows? Maybe you can enjoy more of this if you cut your energy costs! We have some tips to help you do exactly that:

Managing Your Air Conditioning Usage

When the temperature drops after sunset, stop using your air conditioning and instead open the windows and use ceiling fans for cooler air and ventilation. Conversely, too much sunlight can heat up your home during the day. Make sure to close curtains and blinds to keep direct sunlight from entering your home during the daytime hours.

Regular maintenance is an important part of taking care of your HVAC systems in both the summer and winter seasons. Don’t skip that routine care! A tune-up by a qualified technician will make sure that your air conditioning isn’t working as hard to cool your house this summer and reduce strain on the unit, helping to save you money on energy costs. In fact, a Poore’s Propane service plan includes an annual tune-up!

Take good care of the unit between tune-ups by changing filters regularly, vacuuming registers to get rid of dust, and having ductwork cleaned as suggested by your installer.

Add or Upgrade Propane Appliances

Propane appliances offer outstanding energy efficiency, which can save you money all year long. For example:

  • A propane tankless water heater can cut your water heating costs by 30% or more compared with an electric storage water heater.
  • Propane clothes dryers get your laundry dry 25% faster than comparable electric dryers. You also save energy because propane clothes dryers produce fewer wrinkles on your laundry, meaning you won’t be ironing as much!

Give Your Kitchen a Summer Vacation

Cooking can significantly increase the temperature in your home, especially if you use an oven. That can cause the A/C to cycle on more often, driving up your energy costs. Use your stove only in the morning or later at night.

This is a perfect chance to utilize small appliances such as your multicooker, toaster oven, microwave, slow cooker, electric griddle, or air fryer. When you have the opportunity, cook outside by using your propane grill!

Save Energy by Choosing the Proper Light Bulbs

Only between 10% and 15% of the energy an incandescent light bulb uses goes towards actual light. The rest of the energy goes into heat, which will aid in raising the temperature in your home and make the air conditioning work harder. That’s right, even these small, incremental temperature increases can play a big role!

Switch incandescent bulbs to LED or halogen bulbs, which produce minimal heat. Move lamps with incandescent light bulbs to another location away from the thermostat. They give off enough heat to tell the thermostat it’s warmer than it is, which causes the A/C to turn on more often.

Contact us for equipment service that keeps your HVAC and comfort equipment as efficient as possible all year long. Our service experts can also discuss with you our available financing opportunities, and you can also learn more about our maintenance and repair services and our peace-of-mind service plans!