There are many, many ways to save power and stay cool during the summer months. Most comonly, people think first of a ceiling fan and ceiling fans are great. In summer, ceiling fans cool the room by creating a “wind chill effect”. For example: if you had a room at 85 degrees, the fan would make the room feel like 78 degrees. By installing a ceiling fan you will save on your cooling cost for that room.
As I’ve mentioned in a previous blogs, by installing either an electric or solar attic fan you can save 40% of the money spent on air-conditioning cost alone. Either attic fan will make your home more comfortable. The beauty of the solar fan is the greatest heat of the day creates the energy that will run the fan that removes the heat from your attic. Having an Boise Electrician install a ceiling and attic fans in your home are by far the most effective ways of saving power during the summer months but there are a few more things you can do around your home that I would recommend.
Having hidden holes, gaps, and cracks in your home is the single biggest cause of cooling and heating loss. Your unprotected electrical outlets can be a contributor. Weather-proof Gaskets should be put on all exterior walled interior outlets. This is a very inexpensive, simple fix that you can do yourself or have a qualified Boise Electrician help you with.
The right lighting in the right room can add to the beauty of your home. Adding dimmers can not only intensify the beauty but save you in energy cost. Dimming the light by 50% saves 40% on the electricity. And if you add CFL dimming light bulbs you will use 2/3 less energy and they last 10 times longer. This is also a simple way to go green and save money.
One last thing I want to mention that will save you money year round is to install a Programmable Thermostat. When used properly it can save up to 33 percent on annual heating and cooling cost. Because it uses less energy it helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy production. Our Boise Electricians carry these on their vans and would be happy to help you out.