Summertime Energy Saving Tips

The summer season begins in less than ten days. In Florida and Coastal Alabama, it can feel like summer all year long. However,  the heat definitely kicks in this time of the year. Summer is the time your air conditioner becomes your best friend. Simultaneously, your electric bill is going to increase. But, you can develop some habits that will help you to conserve the energy and cool air in your home, and ultimately save on utility costs.

Love your air conditioner

Experts recommend setting your thermostat 5 to 8 degrees higher when you leave for work. There’s no need to keep it at your comfort temperature when you’re not home. Conversely, never turn it completely off. Doing so causes it to work a lot harder to get back to the temperature you desire.

A digital, programmable thermostat helps you regulate your home’s temperature and prevents you from making too many adjustments. HB Value new homes are equipped with easy read digital thermostats. Our 14 S.E.E.R. rated HVAC systems efficiently cool your home. 

Be sure to change your air filter every 30 days. Changing your filter not only helps you breathe clean air, a clean filter works more efficiently.

Maintaining your HVAC system, including using a programmable thermostat, helps save on energy costs.

Doors and windows

Doors and windows can be culprits when it comes to letting in hot air and allowing cool air to escape. Therefore you need to check to see that doors, and windows are properly sealed. Rubber seals around doors will wear over time. Replacing them is quite simple and you’ll find a few color choices when you shop for these. They simply push into place once cut to the proper length.

HB Value homes feature dual pane, energy efficient, vinyl Low E windows. These heat resisting windows put you ahead of the game. From the outside of your home, be certain to check for any areas around the window that may need re-caulking. If you find it is worn, remove the old caulking first before applying the new caulk. 

Helpful hints

Grilling out is fun and it keeps you from turning on the oven.

Outside of maintaining doors, windows and your HVAC system, there are a few more tricks to keep things cool and keep energy costs down.

Ceiling fans help to move cool air. Furthermore, in the summer you want to set your fans to turn counter-clockwise, drawing cooler air up.

Planting large shrubs or trees as part of your landscaping provides shade and keeps some of the sun away from your home. 

Window shades, blinds or curtains also help to keep your home cooler. Besides, they add a nice flair to your home decor and a finished look to your windows. 

And lastly, spend more time grilling outdoors. Besides how much fun it is to do, you’ll won’t be adding more heat into the kitchen.

About HB Value homes

HB Value Homes is a subsidiary of Holiday Builders. Developed to provide an affordable housing solution for homebuyers, HB Value homes are concrete block construction with energy smart features throughout the home. Each home comes with one full year of non-transferable warranty coverage as well as a two year limited, non-transferable mechanical warranty. You’ll find HB Value homes in Palm Coast, Palm Bay, Port Charlotte, North Port, Lehigh Acres, Cape Coral, Sun City Center and Port St Lucie. 

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