How to Save Money and Energy This Summer

Prep Your Home for Warmer Weather

Higher temperatures are just around the corner, and that usually means higher utility bills. But with some preparation and a little know-how, you can improve your home’s energy efficiency and save money.

Maintain Your Equipment
Regular maintenance is essential to keeping heating and cooling equipment working properly and efficiently. Make sure to change your air conditioner filter regularly. Replacing a clogged filter can lower energy consumption by as much as 15 percent. Remove any dirt, leaves and overgrown foliage from around the outdoor condenser unit. Debris can limit adequate airflow. Check for air leaks in ductwork, weatherstripping and insulation, and seal them up to keep cold air from escaping.

Find Simple Solutions
Something as easy as closing the blinds or the curtains during the day can take the strain off your air conditioner. Window treatments can reduce heat gain even more, and ceiling fans create a windchill effect, keeping you cool and comfortable. Replacing an older thermostat with a properly set programmable one can save you up to $180 per year in energy costs. And energy-efficient windows may be an investment, but they can save you money in the long run by further reducing costs.

Look at the Big Picture
Want an overall assessment of your home’s energy use? Many local utilities or agencies offer rebates or incentives for professional home audits. These evaluations can reveal additional areas for improvement in energy consumption, and when you make the recommended upgrades, you can save 5 to 30 percent on your utility bills.

We’re ready to assist you and your family with all your home renovation needs from minor updates to full scale renovations. Our team is ready to make your vision a reality. Call us today and discover the Beauchain Builders difference.

Tina Beauchain | Beauchain Builders, Inc.
Sterling, VA 20164
Office: (703) 430-9171
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