Keeping cool without extreme power bills

Rising temperatures could equal higher utility bills, but you don’t have to break the bank to beat the heat.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – The heat is on this summer.

Rising temperatures could equal higher utility bills, but you don’t have to break the bank to beat the heat.
Randy Parker with Home Depot offered some advice on how to stay cool inside and out while reducing energy this summer.

Reduce Energy Use
While the summer heat can be the culprit in rising energy bills, there are many ways to cut energy costs both indoors and out while staying cool.

1. Weatherproof your windows and doors. Energy experts estimate that roughly 21 percent of a home’s energy loss is through windows and doors, and effective air sealing alone can cut energy bills up to 10 percent. For a larger energy saving project, consider replacing any single-pane windows with double-panes and high-performance glass. For doors, fiberglass entry doors have 5x the energy savings of a traditional wood door and require less maintenance over time. These doors come with triple pane insulated glass, compression weather strip and a polyurethane foam core that will help save money on heating and cooling. Also, storm doors can provide an additional layer of protection to the entry doors on any home..

2. Install a programmable thermostat. Turning back your thermostat 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours a day can save up to 15 percent a year on your cooling bill. Or, installing a programmable thermostat can save $180 a year – they typically pay for themselves in only 3 months. The latest Wi-Fi enabled programmable thermostats have the ability to learn and adjust to your preferences and can be adjusted remotely using your mobile device.

3. Change air filters every one to three months. Changing air filters regularly is a quick and easy way to keep energy consumption low, and doing so will prolong the life of cooling units. Air filters provide the added benefit of air quality control by trapping large particles such as dust mites and pet dander, as well as smaller particles like bacteria and mold spores.

4. Seal the “envelope” of the home. Many homeowners are unaware that the average American home has leaks that can amount to a nine-square-foot hole in the wall. Filling gaps and cracks around windows, doors, ceilings and floors is an inexpensive way to keep cold air in.

5. Install energy efficient doors and windows. Many energy efficient doors and windows are tax credit eligible and will cut heating and cooling costs significantly throughout the life of the home. Certain window treatments and coverings can also help protect against heat loss and require a smaller upfront investment than new windows.

6. Keep cool outdoors. From bucket toppers, to wrap around flexible misters, to personal misting bottles, misting is something everyone can enjoy. For those who want to enjoy the outdoors but maintain a cool breeze, installing a fan in an outdoor patio area with an overhang is the way to go.

Knoxville Utilities Board offers energy saving tips

KUB customers have two other great options to learn how to conserve energy and save money:

  • Take advantage of a free online energy audit through the TVA energy right ® Program. The online audit offers extensive information on efficient products, as well as calculators for finding your potential savings.
  • Make your home the best it can be! Get your eScore at 2eScore.com to find out how energy efficient your home is and what you can do to improve it. TVA eScore advisors will audit your home and rate its energy efficiency [1 to 10]. You get a report with recommendations to help you conserve energy and save money and a list of available rebates for improvements. You can participate in eScore multiple times—possibly with multiple rebates—until your home is a “10.”

Register online (www.2eScore.com) or by phone at 1 -855-2eScore (1-855-237-2673)

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