The Dog Days of Summer are here and it's all we can do to beat the heat. You don't need to donate your paycheck to the utility company to keep cool. A few life hacks will help you save some money for summer fun without losing your cool.
- Be sure to regularly change your HVAC filter. Our maintenance team changes air filters to keep units running optimally. Clean air filters save on energy costs because your unit doesn't have to work as hard to cool your home. If you feel an additional filter change is needed, contact the leasing center or submit a maintenance request online.
- Keep drapes and blinds closed in the summer to help block out heat and sunlight. The less heat entering your home, the less your HVAC system must work to maintain optimal temperature.
- Install white or light colored window treatments. Lighter colors will reflect sunlight back out of your home, keeping heat out.
- Raise the temperature in your apartment or townhome when leaving for work or an extended period of time. According to energystar.gov, setting the thermostat 7 degrees higher during the day and 4 degrees higher when sleeping can save up to $180 per year.
- If your apartment or townhome has a ceiling fan, use it to help cirulcate cool air throughout the home.
- Household appliances can generate heat. Save chores such as running the dishwasher, oven, and laundry machines until evening when possible.
- Watch for BGE Energy Savings Days. As a BGE customer, you can receive alerts via text, email, or phone before selected savings days in the summer. Between 1pm - 7pm on the Energy Savings Day, do what you can to reduce your energy usage and you'll be rewarded with an account credit.
- Unplug "vampire" energy sources such as phone chargers, computers, video game consoles, DVD players, and other items that remain plugged in when not in use. These can incrementally consume energy that adds up on your utility bill.
- Turn off lights when you leave a room.
- If you live in a community with a barbeque area, take advantage of this amenity by grilling dinner outdoors instead of using your oven.
Do you have additional tips to share with the Peak community? We'd love to hear about it in the comments below or on one of our social pages!