Austin summers are notorious for high energy bills. But as we approach Central Texas’ hottest days, TreeHouse is here to help you get ready. We’ve got some easy and affordable tips that can help reduce your energy bills and lead to a better-performing home.
Replace incandescent light bulbs with more energy-efficient LED bulbs.
Not only do LED light bulbs use up to 85% less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb, but they can last up to 25 times as long. That means savings on your energy bill in addition to fewer replacements each year. Worried you won’t get the light color you want? LED light bulbs now come in a wide range of colors and light levels you’ve come to expect with a traditional incandescent bulb.
Replace showerheads with low-flow showerheads.
A conventional showerhead uses 3-4 gallons of water per minute, while a low-flow showerhead uses an average of 2 gallons per minute. It doesn’t seem like a huge difference, but those gallons add up over time. Switching to a low-flow showerhead can save you over 5,000 gallons of water a year, and you won’t even be able to tell the difference!
During the summer months, set your thermostat to 78°F or higher.
By choosing a slightly warmer temperature for your home can save you up to 5-15% on your cooling bill each year. If 78°F is too warm for your taste, consider a fan like the Haiku, which can respond to the temperature of your home and your habits, increasing your comfort while still reducing costs.
Turn off your thermostat when you leave the house.
A common misconception about thermostats is that your air conditioner will have to work that much harder to re-cool your home when you return, essentially cancelling out any savings from turning off your unit when you were away. In reality, a higher interior temperature will slow the flow of external heat into your house, which will both reduce your energy use and your energy costs. Think you won’t remember to adjust the unit when you’re away? Invest in a Nest thermostat, which learns and responds to your schedule. You can even control it remotely!
Looking for even more ways to improve your home’s performance? Schedule a free 1-2 hour in-home performance consult.