Even in the most energy-efficient homes, the cost to cool your home in the summer can be more expensive than you’d like.
It’s true that air conditioners use about 5 percent of all energy produced in the United States, with Americans spending 11 billion dollars a year to run their AC units. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t take control of your energy-saving efforts right now.
Here are some easy ways to help keep your home cool and your energy bill low this summer.
Prevent warm air from leaking into your home by sealing cracks and openings around the house. If you’ve been in your home a while, check caulking and weatherstripping around doors and windows to make sure cool air stays in and warm air stays out.
Keep Your Air Conditioner Running Smoothly.
Schedule regular maintenance on your cooling system to ensure that your air conditioning unit is operating properly and isn’t costing you money because it needs cleaning, recharging or repair. An air conditioner that is running properly is going to keep you cooler and save you money.
The Thermostat Gives You Complete Control. Use It Wisely.
The most powerful tool you have in your energy-saving arsenal is your thermostat. By setting your thermostat as high as comfortably possible, you’ll keep the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures to a minimum and lower the impact that your cooling system has on your energy bill. Programmable thermostats like those that come standard as part of our energy-efficient Brookfield Blue initiative allow you to keep your home at a cooler temperature when you’re home and warmer when you’re not. This will prevent unnecessary cooling and will save you money in the end.
In the Battle to Lower Your Summer Energy Bill, the Kitchen is Key.
So much of what goes into your summer energy bill comes from your kitchen. From the appliances you use to how much food you have in your house, your kitchen is the frontline in the war on summertime energy bills.
Energy Star appliances , like those found in new Brookfield homes, ensure that your appliances don’t waste energy when they’re not being used. Filling your fridge with plenty of food will help prevent excess warming when the door is opened, and it’ll keep it from having to work harder during the warm summer months.
Did you know? Brookfield homes are naturally more energy efficient than the average home.
All of our homes already save energy and money through our energy-saving initiative, Brookfield Blue. Each new Brookfield home includes features such as Energy Star® appliances, programmable thermostats and advanced framing techniques. You can choose to add even more of the latest innovative, energy-efficient features to help save even more money on your energy bills every month.