“Turn the lights off” is a mantra repeated in homes across the country as Moms and Dads strive to keep electric bills low. While children don’t particularly like hearing the common refrain it turns out Mom and Dad are correct. Turning off those lights when they’re not needed saves energy in more than one way.
Light bulbs, of course, use energy to illuminate spaces. When they’re not needed by a person in a room, it’s really best to turn them off to save electricity. What most people don’t stop to think about, however, is that light bulbs also produce heat – a lot of it. This can warm up a room and cause an air conditioner to have to work harder, which translates into an even greater expense on cooling.
A Look at the Alternatives
While simply turning off lights can help keep a room cooler – while saving energy – there are alternatives to reduce heat when light is needed. The federal government’s Energy Star program recommends using LED bulbs in place of good old fashion incandescent bulbs. These bulbs save about $6 a year each in energy costs and require about 75 percent less energy to illuminate than standard bulbs. As it turns out, they also produce about 75 percent less heat than traditional incandescent bulbs.
Other Ways to Save
Changing out incandescent bulbs for Energy Star-certified LEDs can save energy while helping keep rooms cooler, but they aren’t the only step to consider. There are plenty of other ways to help your air conditioner enjoy some efficiency over the summer months. Try these tips:
- Get it maintained – Routine maintenance can help you enjoy air conditioning efficiency, which adds up to savings. Plus, this routine work is critical for helping ensure your system performs reliably for as long as possible.
- Take cover – Replacing windows with Low-e designs can be very helpful, but if the cost is prohibitive just make sure to adequately shade windows to help block heat absorption during those sunny days.
- Consider a replacement – If your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, it might be time to consider replacing it with an energy-efficient model from Gartner Heating & Cooling.
If you’re ready to explore all the options for saving in your home, just contact the professions at Gartner Heating & Cooling. Our NATE certified technicians can help you examine your options for keeping your cool for less!