4 Ways to Save on Utilities in the Vermont Summer
Vermont is not known to have summer temperatures that reach near the height of some of our neighbors down south. However, Northern Vermont has a high concentration of older homes, which means the summer heat does often bring with it an increase in the cost of utility bills. If you’re looking for simple solutions to help cut the cost of your utilities this summer, we have some DIY efficiency tips that will no doubt help you see some savings on your bills.
Service Your HVAC System
Although you’ve likely heard that it’s important to have your HVAC system serviced at least once a year, it’s equally as likely that you’ve never actually done this. Consider having an HVAC technician come out and take a look at your system to be sure your air conditioner is running efficiently, and that no leaks are present within the ductwork. A dirty filter, a crack in the ductwork, and any other problems with the system can lead to an increase in utility bills since they all cause your HVAC system to work harder than it should to cool your home.
Purchase a Programmable Thermostat
With the use of a programmable thermostat, you can set your air conditioner to keep your house cooler during the hours you’re home and awake, and warmer at times when you’re gone or asleep. Doing so will result in lower energy bills since your HVAC system won’t have to work so hard to keep the house cool when you’re not going to notice a difference anyway.
Also, consider turning your system up one degree—chances are, you won’t feel the difference, but will notice the difference on your bill.
Install Weather Stripping
When weather stripping gets old, it doesn’t seal as well, and can allow for an unwanted exchange of air between the cool interior of your home, and the hot air outside. Consider replacing the old with new. Doing so will allow less hot air to enter your home, which will leave the HVAC system with less worth to do, leading to less energy consumption within your home.
Consider Cooking and Baking Alternatives
Another thing to consider when looking to lower the bills for your utilities in Vermont is cooking during an off time of the day, or not cooking inside at all. Summer is the time for salads and other light meals that require little to no cooking—embrace that, and make meals that can easily be thrown together with little to no energy. If cooking is necessary, consider using the barbecue, an outdoor stove, or even just plugging your crockpot in on your back patio. The less heat generated within your home, the less work the HVAC system has to do to keep it cool.
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Home care in the summer in Vermont is necessary when you want to keep your utility bills low.
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