Homeowners in Mandeville, Convington, and throughout the Northshore are always looking for ways to save on their energy bills during our hot and humid Southeastern Louisiana summers.
Well, the team here are Three Rivers Services has you covered.
As Heating and AC experts who’ve been helping homeowners on the Northshore since 1979, we know a thing or 2 about cutting costs on your energy bill, even when it feels like you need your AC on 24/7.
Here’s our best tips for saving on your energy bill this summer.
#1. Take it to the Limit While Still Remaining Comfortable, and Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat to Save Even More
Your home’s AC is likely the most used system during our hot and humid summers. So, it should go without saying that in order to reduce your summer electricity bill so you aren’t charged an astronomical amount, you should use it as sparingly as possible.
Your goal should be to set your AC temperature setting to the limit of your family’s comfort level. According to the US Department of Energy, the recommended AC thermostat level is 78 degrees.
We know that number isn’t feasible for all families. But we do have a suggestion for periodically changing your home’s thermostat setting as you come in and out throughout the summer with just the tap of your finger.
By making a one-time investment in a smart, WiFi thermostat, Mandeville, Covington, and Northshore homeowners can save a lot on their summer energy bills.
If all adults work and the kids are at summer camp or daycare during the summer, set your home to 78 degrees during the daytime hours when nobody is there. Then, about an hour or so before you expect to return home, have your smart WiFi thermostat programmed to automatically cool to your preferred indoor temperature.
Coming home unexpectedly in the middle of the day? Open your WiFi thermostat’s app and adjust it on the fly.
If someone is home all day, everyday, we understand you want them to be comfortable. But as these family members leave to run errands or go on summer adventures, they can adjust the home thermostat on the go from their smartphone, so cool air is only blowing when the home is occupied.
#2. Get a Maintenance Check to see if Your AC System Has Any Air Leaks
If your AC is set to your desired temperature but your home doesn’t seem to be cooling properly, call us out for a maintenance trip. One of the most common reasons that home ACs don’t cool to the programmed temperature is that there’s a leak in the system.
Should you need it, this repair (which is typically very affordable and cost effective) can help reduce your AC usage and lower your Northshore home’s monthly AC bill.
#3. Check Your Water Heater Settings
Believe it or not, your home’s AC may not be the culprit causing your energy bill to spike every month! Did you know that water heaters typically account for 18% of your home’s energy bill?
Let’s be real. You don’t need to take a steaming hot shower when it’s super hot and humid outside. Right?
Lower the temperature of your home’s water heater during the summer to keep electricity bills affordable. As an added benefit, the cooler water heater will also help the temps in your attic to drop.
A Bonus Tip You Might Not Be Expecting
So this “bonus” tip has nothing to do with home ACs, but everything to do with living in Southeastern Louisiana.
When the heat is too hot to beat, treat the family out to some snowballs at your favorite local snowball stand (or drive through the daiquiri shop on you’re way to get snowballs for the kids). Both are a tasty, traditional Louisiana way to stay cool during the summer!
Call Three Rivers Services if You Have Any Questions
Whether you haven’t had your AC system cleaned and Freon levels topped off this year, or you’re experiencing problems and need us to help you stay cool, we’re happy to help. Simply call our Northshore office today to speak with a customer service representative at (985) 202-1217.