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Summer Energy Saving Tips

Don't let summer heat up your electricity bill.

Manning yourself with knowledge is one of the most powerful ways homeowners can start to see noticeable changes in their energy bills.  According to Energy Star, the average household spends more than $2200 a year on energy bills, with more than half of this going towards heating and cooling costs. Thankfully, there are ways to help save you money that doesn’t involve giving up all your summer fun.

  1. Capture cool air.

Use the cool, Alberta nights to your advantage and give your cooling system a rest. Open your windows while you sleep and capture the cool air in the morning by shutting the windows and blinds. You can also install window coverings that will reduce energy loss, preventing sunlight from entering your home. Learn more about insulating window coverings at

  1. Use a programmable thermostat.

Using a programmable thermostat can ensure that your home temperature remains comfortable when you’re set to be home without unnecessary cooling costs when you’re out of the house. According to, you can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by merely programming your thermostat back 2-3 degrees from its normal settings for 8 hours a day. Moreover, you should avoid overcorrecting your programmable thermostat when you’re set to arrive at home.  It will not cool your house any faster, and the higher temperature when you’re gone will actually slow the flow of heat into your house.

You can also receive rebates from Energy Efficiency Alberta to install your programmable thermostat. 

  1. Use ceiling fans.

Installing ceiling fans can help you save on air conditioning costs altogether or considerably save on air conditioning costs when used together by allowing you to raise your thermostat without any reduction in comfort.

  1. Avoid Heat Build-Up in your Home by:
  • Avoid using the oven on hot days.
  • Install energy efficient lighting to avoid the unnecessary heat loss with incandescent bulbs.
  • Minimizing the use of appliances such as computers, televisions, dishwashers, and even curling irons or hair dryers.
  • Unplugging appliances and electronics when not in use.
  • Washing clothes in cold water.
  1. Make sure heating and cooling ducts are sealed.

Leaks, holes and poorly connected ducts can make for a very inefficient air conditioning systems that will have difficulty keeping your house comfortable no matter how low you set the temperature. Check your ducts for dirt streaks or other contaminants for signs of leakage. For an at-home solution, you can start by sealing leaks in accessible ducts using a master sealant or metal (foil) tape. You can also choose to work with a contractor for sealing gaps and repairing ducts in between floors, walls and ceilings for optimal energy savings.

  1. Maintain your cooling system.

Your central air conditioning system may not be running as efficiently as advertised if it is connected to a blower motor, a part of the furnace, that is over 15 years old. Schedule regular maintenance to ensure that your system is up to date and avoid placing any heat emitting appliances that can cause false readings near the thermostat.

  1. Change your furnace filter.

This regularly overlooked maintenance task not only keeps the air in your home cleaner, but it will make your cooling system run more efficiently. By not having to force air through dust, dirt and grime, a new furnace filter immediately allows your air conditioning system to move air through your home with more ease.

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