Spring GREEN tips
- Ceiling fans use less electricity than air conditioners or furnaces. A ceiling fan costs about five cents an hour to operate compared to 15 cents for an air conditioner.
- Change the direction of airflow on your ceiling fan. For those warm summer months, the blades should operate in a counter clockwise direction to generate a gentle breeze.
- In preparing for the summer, consider investing in insulated, thermal-backed drapes for your windows.
- Install a programmable thermostat and set the times and temperatures to match your schedule. Also, consider installing an automatic setback thermostat that turns off your air conditioner at night.
- If you're going to be away from your home for a period of time, on vacation or a long weekend, turn the temperature down. Or better yet, turn the air conditioning unit off.
- Opening windows costs nothing, but it can save a lot of energy and money. Consider keeping your windows open in the evening and overnight to allow cooler air into your home. Close the windows during the day to keep the cool air in and the warm air out.
- Increase your air conditioner temperature by one degree. Believe it or not, it could mean significant savings over the long run. Your air conditioner uses three to five per cent more energy for each degree that your air conditioner is set below 24 degrees Celsius (75F). So, set your thermostat to 25 degrees Celsius (77F) to provide the most comfort at the least cost.
Source: Direct EnergySTRATHMORE REALESTATE.COM