Don’t lose your cool as the temperature heats up. According to experts, residential electricity sales are expected to increase by 3 per cent this summer because more people are working from home and social distancing.
Consider the following tips to save energy and keep energy costs down:
- Seal any cracks and openings. Warm air may leak into your home around windows, door frames, crawl spaces—and even recessed lights.
- Install energy-efficient window coverings. Hanging heavy drapes in front of windows will help keep the house cool. Consider blinds or curtains that let natural light in, but prevent solar heat gain.
- Use a programmable thermostat. A smart thermostat could help save up to 10 per cent on heating and cooling costs a year. This energy-efficient tool adjusts your home’s temperatures accordingly.Turn off the air conditioner when you don’t need it. Ceiling fans and window fans don’t use as much electricity as an air conditioning unit does.Keep oven use to a minimum. On hot days, consider using an outdoor grill instead of the oven or stove. Other indoor low-energy appliance options include the slow cooker and microwave.