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One of the things you worry about as a homeowner is how to lower your utility bills while remaining comfortable. With summer right around the corner in Indio, CA, it’s only a matter of time before your energy demand increases. Below are five steps you can take to increase your energy efficiency.

1. Do Hot Tasks in the Evening or Early Morning

In the heat of summer, avoid doing heat-inducing tasks during the hottest part of the day. This includes doing laundry, dishes, and cooking. As for cooking, one handy tip is to meal prep for about a week, so all you have to do is reheat the food.

Reduce Light Sources That Produce Heat

When you use traditional lightbulbs, not only do they produce light, but they produce a lot of heat as well. Instead, change lightbulbs to LED types that don’t produce heat and will help you save on energy costs as they use less energy. During the day, open windows to use natural light.

Say No to the Sun

While it helps to use natural light instead of heat-producing lightbulbs, it helps to use sunlight wisely. For example, on the side of the home, the sun shines, close your curtains and blinds to prevent the sun from heating your home, even if it’s indirect light. Instead, open the windows and blinds on the side of the house where the sunlight doesn’t come in.

Schedule Annual Maintenance

To ensure that your HVAC system performs with peak energy efficiency, it’s best to call an HVAC technician to provide annual HVAC maintenance. They’ll replace your air filters to help with indoor air quality, check your HVAC components and thermostat.

Use Ceiling Fans to Assist

If you have ceiling fans, then you can use those to help keep you cool. Running a ceiling fan counterclockwise helps keep warmer on the ceiling and away from you. During the winter months, you can reverse your ceiling fan to push warmer air down, so you stay warmer easier.

Don’t let yourself believe that there’s nothing you can do to become more energy efficient. Contact Vic’s Air Conditioning today to learn how smart home automation helps your home stay energy efficient.

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