We have once again reached the summer season in sunny Arizona, and there are a few things you should know as a homeowner living in the Valley of the Sun. So, I decided to put together a few ways to decrease energy costs during the Arizona summer.
Power bills are sure to rise during the summer months. Naturally, our need for power increases as we look to cool our homes during the most expensive times to use electricity. Fortunately, there are a couple of simple things you can do to help keep your energy usage under control during the summer months.
Many of us could not survive the summer around here if it weren’t for our swimming pools. The pump on your pool requires more running time during the summer, so set it up to run at night when power is less expensive.
And, as always, please be careful to keep your pool secured. A physical barrier is very important around your pool, as it can be a lifesaver when a child finds his or her way into the backyard without supervision. Never block open the gate, and always be sure all access to the swimming pool is secured at all times.
Check your doors by inspecting around the edges for light coming in from the outside. If light is getting through then so is the heat. You can replace the weather stripping on your own; it is usually inserted into a slot cut around the perimeter of the frame. Simply remove the old and insert the new weather stripping for a better seal.
Attic ventilation is another way to reduce the heat in your home during the day. There are several different ways to accomplish this, and there are even solar-powered attic fans that are very simple to install and extremely efficient.
When possible, always use your major appliances during the evening hours or on weekends. Electricity is usually less expensive during the evening hours, plus the added heat some appliances introduce into your home’s interior becomes a burden on your home’s AC unit during the day.
Use these tips to decrease energy costs during the Arizona summer and to create a safe and comfortable home environment. If you or someone you know is interested in doing a job, like bathroom and kitchen remodels or major renovations and additions to living spaces, have them call Rictor Contracting for great savings. (623) 842-5413.