Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 by Lauren Cosca
We can all agree that this summer was a hot one. Some days, it seemed almost impossible to step outside for even the short walk to the car. The air conditioning has been blasting on high in most homes across the country all summer long, and the resulting energy bills are causing undue burdens on many families. Homes that are leaky and not properly insulated can cause homeowners to feel like they are throwing away their hard earned money.
As humans are increasingly causing drastic climate change on Earth, temperatures are becoming more and more extreme in the summer and winter months. According to an article released midsummer by The New York Times, heat waves in the age of climate change are longer, more frequent, and more dangerous.
Being extremely hot is not only uncomfortable, it can be life threatening. Heat related deaths and health issues are becoming more and more common as temperatures increase and heat waves drag on all over the world. Staying cool shouldn’t be a luxury, but at times it can feel like it. Here are some tips that can come in handy when you are trying to stay cool without breaking the bank:
1. Upgrade Your Homes HVAC
You may not think that it is in your budget at the moment, but right now there is actually tons of different affordable ways to upgrade your heating and air conditioning system. Currently the energy provider BGE is offering huge rebates for customers that make the switch to energy efficient heating and air conditioning systems. Not only does this greatly reduce the cost, but at the same time you are getting cheaper energy bills while also reducing your household carbon footprint.
2. Upgrade Your Sheets
Even when we are asleep, in order to remain comfortable, sometimes it is necessary to blast some cool air. Instead of just running the AC all night, there is actually a solution that can help keep you cool for much, much less. Did you know there are sheets that are specifically designed to keep you cool? These sheets are much less expensive than running your air, and keep you from overheating no matter what time of year it is.
3. Upgrade Your Curtains
Even when you close your windows, heat is still making its way inside your home. Closing the blinds before you leave for the day means less sunlight coming through the windows and therefore less heat inside your home. Closing the curtains and purchasing energy efficient curtains means having less heat infiltrate your home. Energy saving curtains are less than $20, and make a huge difference in the temperature of your home.
Overall, the best way to have the most energy efficient home is to make sure it is properly sealed, that there is enough insulation, and to upgrade to energy efficient appliances, HVAC systems, windows, lightbulbs, and more. Don’t be afraid to ask the Superior Energy Solutions team about ways that you can upgrade your home in an affordable and quick manor, just in time for the winter.