Ways to Save Energy in the Summer

Summer is a time for fun in the sun, but it can also be a season of high energy bills if you’re not careful. At Sunday River Real Estate, we want to help you keep your home comfortable and your costs down. Here are five simple tips to save energy this summer.

1. Optimize Your Air Conditioning

Your air conditioner can be your best friend and your worst enemy during the hot summer months. Here’s how to make sure it’s working efficiently:

  • Regular Maintenance: Ensure your air conditioner is serviced before the peak of summer. A well-maintained unit runs more efficiently and uses less energy.
  • Smart Thermostat: Invest in a smart thermostat to better control your home’s temperature. Set it a few degrees higher when you’re not home and program it to cool down just before you return.
  • Use Fans: Ceiling fans and portable fans can help circulate cool air more effectively, allowing you to set the thermostat a bit higher without sacrificing comfort.

2. Seal and Insulate

Proper sealing and insulation are key to maintaining a cool home without overworking your air conditioner.

  • Seal Gaps: Check for and seal any gaps around windows, doors, and vents. Weatherstripping and caulking are inexpensive fixes that can make a big difference.
  • Add Insulation: Make sure your home is well-insulated. Adding insulation to your attic, walls, and floors can help keep the cool air in and the hot air out.

3. Use Energy-Efficient Appliances

Older appliances can be energy hogs. Consider upgrading to energy-efficient models.

  • Energy Star Rated: Look for appliances with the Energy Star label, which indicates they meet energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Laundry Tips: Wash clothes in cold water and air dry when possible. If you use a dryer, make sure to clean the lint filter regularly to maintain efficiency.

4. Mind Your Windows

Windows can let in a lot of heat during the summer, but there are ways to manage this.

  • Close Blinds and Curtains: Keep blinds or curtains closed during the hottest part of the day to block out the sun’s heat.
  • Window Films: Consider applying reflective window films that can reduce the amount of heat entering your home.

5. Reduce Heat Gain

Besides managing your windows, you can take other steps to reduce the amount of heat your home absorbs.

  • Cook Outdoors: Use an outdoor grill instead of your oven or stove to keep your kitchen cooler.
  • Energy-Efficient Lighting: Replace incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs, which produce less heat and use less energy.

Saving energy during the summer doesn’t have to be complicated. By making a few adjustments, you can enjoy a cool, comfortable home while keeping your energy bills in check. For more tips on energy efficiency and other home-related advice, stay tuned to the Sunday River Real Estate blog.

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Sunday River Real Estate
Sunday River Real Estate serves the greater Bethel community and is the official real estate agency of Sunday River Ski Resort, working with buyers and sellers of all types of property across the region. Whether you're looking for a slopeside condominium, an old farm house, a new chalet or the perfect piece of land to build on, we're here to help you make this place your home.