Tips for an Energy-Efficient Home this Summer

Just because the temperature is going up, doesn't mean your power bill has to as well. Use these 7 energy-efficient tips in your home to help conserve energy and potentially save money!!

It's time to make sure your home is ready for the warmer weather. Let's check out the 7 easy ways to improve your home's energy-efficiency:
1.Shade trees help your home and people cool off. While some shade trees help cool your home, be sure to prioritize shading south-facing windows with trees or even an awning.
2. Hot days are the best time for drying clothes outdoors. A clothes line is inexpensive, easy to install and can definitely save energy. It can also make your home a few degrees warmer. As a bonus, this will also reduce wear and tear to your clothes and they will last longer.
3. Consider a Smart Thermostat, if you don't already have one as it allows you to adjust the temperature in your home throughout the day, and can be done automatically or with your phone. Some smart thermostats, like the ecobee® smart thermostats in every Clayton Home, can also be used as a dehumidifier and can send you updates on how much energy you're using.
4. Check your window and door seals for any light or warmth coming through. If you find air coming through, it means that your AC has to work harder and use more energy to keep your home cool. You can seal window frames with caulk, or consider getting new more efficient windows installed. For doors that are drafty, you can use a door snake, repair the door frame or add weather stripping, depending or the specific door.
5.Cover your windows. In addition to closing your blinds, adding drapes or curtains on your windows will help the AC system and keep the heat out. You may also consider blackout or thicker curtains.
6. Ceiling fans are something to consider. They still use energy, but use far less than an air conditioner. They also create a wind effect that can make a warm home 4 degrees cooler. A simple ceiling fan trick to use for your home, is to make sure your fan is going counterclockwise to move air down.
7. Unplugging your devices you are not using. Even though they are not in use, it adds up on your bill.

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