Cooling your home during hot summer months (which can reach 30 degrees celcius in St. Catharines) can quickly add up to your electricity bill. However, there are several ways to reduce your cooling costs and save money without sacrificing your comfort. Here are some tips for saving money on cooling your home:
A) Use a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat can save you money by allowing you to set the temperature of your home according to your schedule. For example, you can set a smart thermostat to raise the temperature when you are away from home and lower it when you return. This can save you up to 10% on your cooling costs.
B) Use Fans
Fans can help circulate the air in your home, which can make you feel cooler without lowering the temperature. Ceiling fans, in particular, can help reduce your cooling costs by up to 40% when used in conjunction with an air conditioner.
C) Close Curtains and Blinds
Closing your curtains and blinds during the day can help block out the sun's heat and keep your home cooler. You can also use reflective window film to reflect the heat away from your home.
D) Insulate Your Home
Insulating your home can help keep it cooler by reducing the amount of heat that enters your home. This can be done by adding insulation to your attic, walls, and floors.
E) Maintain Your Air Conditioner
Regular maintenance of your air conditioner can help it operate more efficiently and save you money on cooling costs. This includes changing the air filter, cleaning the coils, and checking the refrigerant levels.
F) Use Energy-Efficient Appliances
Energy-efficient appliances, such as air conditioners, can save you money on your electricity bill by using less energy to operate. Look for appliances with the EnerGuide label, which displays the energy usage rate of a specific appliance.
G) Use Natural Ventilation
Natural ventilation, such as opening windows and doors, can help cool your home without using an air conditioner. This is particularly effective in the early morning or evening when the air is cooler.
In conclusion, cooling your home can be expensive, especially with steadily rising rising hydro rates through Alectra in St. Catharines Ontario, but there are several ways to save money on your cooling costs without sacrificing your comfort. For more tips or to arrange for your local St. Catharines electrician to install high efficiency solutions to your home, give us a call.