Itâ€™s easyÂ to just crank up the air conditioning during the hottest months of summer. Sure, the energy bill may be higher, but itâ€™s worth the extra expenseÂ to keep your home coolÂ â€”Â right? Or are there any sure-fire ways to save money and stayÂ cool indoors?
Before you reach for the thermostat, try these DIY energy-saving tipsÂ to keep your home comfortable andÂ keep you from breaking the bank.
1.Â Raise the A/C Temperature â€” Yes, Really
Itâ€™s better to keep the air conditioning down, but if you want to keep it on, raise the thermostat to a comfortable temperature. When youâ€™re at home (or have buyers viewing your home), set the thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (25 Celsius). When youâ€™re away, set the thermostat to 85 Fahrenheit (29 Celsius).
The trick is to find the temperature thatâ€™s comfortable, not too cold or too hot.Â This is crucial if youâ€™re selling your duringÂ the summer.Â No buyerÂ wants to step inside and still beÂ sweating during a showing!
2. Wash Dishes and Do LaundryÂ at Night
Youâ€™ll want to avoid usingÂ as many heat-generating appliances or lights as you can during the summer. Use your dishwasher, dryer, or oven only during the coolest parts of the day, either in the early morning or evening.Â You can evenÂ air-dry your dishes and use the stove or microwaveÂ instead of the oven.
3. Unplug Electronics When Youâ€™re Not Using Them
Did you know your appliances still use powerÂ whenÂ plugged in, even if theyâ€™re turned off? One way to reduce your energy bill during the summer is by unpluggingÂ anything that youâ€™re not using.
4. Close theÂ Blinds During the Day
A little bit of sun can make a huge difference in your homeâ€™s indoor temperature. Cut down on the sunlight streaming in through your windows (east- and west-facing windows in particular) by closing the blinds and curtains and replacing heavier curtains with sheer ones.
During summer home showings, however, you still want to let in a little natural light to brighten up your home. Make it count.
5. TurnÂ the Fans On
If your home has ceiling fans, use them. According to the US Department of Energy, using a ceiling fan will let you raise the thermostat by 4 degrees Fahrenheit without changingÂ how comfortable your home feels indoors.
6. Replace Your Incandescent Light Bulbs
Incandescent bulbs give off a lot of heat compared withÂ compact fluorescent lights and LED bulbs. A small but effective way to keep your home comfortableÂ (and save some money in the process) is to replace any incandescent bulbs with more energy-efficient ones.
7. Find the Gaps and Close Them
How well is your home insulated? Is any heat getting in from a leaky door or window? Seal any cracks with caulk or weatherstripping to keep the cool air inside.
â€œSummerizeâ€Â Your Home for Showings
When youâ€™re selling your home during the summer, remember that home showings are all about brightening your home and making it look and feel comfortable. You donâ€™t have to crank up the A/C for home buyers during a showing. You can use these energy-saving tips to make it cooler indoors without having to pay those higher energy bills.
We have plenty of other tips to help you sell your home. Call us and letâ€™s talk.