When you save energy, you save money. As the temperature heats up this summer, you want to make sure your home is as energy-efficient as possible, so you don’t end up paying a fortune to keep things cool. The good news is that there are several ways to save money this summer without too much work.

When it comes to home energy savings, achieving greater energy efficiency isn’t hard. We’ve included just a few of the strategies we recommend for making home energy-efficiency and savings a priority.

Pictured: Closing your blinds, in addition to scheduling AC maintenance, can help you save money this summer. For more tips, call Southern Air!Use a programmable thermostat

Are you cooling your home when you aren’t even there? While you shouldn’t shut off your AC system completely when you leave for the day, program your thermostat to keep your home a few degrees warmer. Then, set your system to cool things back down before you get home.

This is a great way to combat those times when you try to turn up the thermostat before you leave, but end up forgetting before you head out the door.

Seal up your house

Small cracks, especially those that exist around your doors and windows, allow cool air to seep out of your home, resulting in the need for your air conditioner to work harder. Go through your home and identify areas where some extra caulking and sealing is needed for greater energy-efficiency. You’ll save money this summer and be glad you did.

A few places to watch for air leaks include where ductwork, plumbing, or electrical wiring comes through the ceiling, floor, walls, or over cabinets.

Close the blinds

While this may seem like a small thing, it can make a big difference when it comes to the energy efficiency of your home. While your home may feel slightly cave-like when the sun is up, closing your blinds, especially in areas that receive direct sunlight, can help keep things cool throughout the day.

If you want to take things a step further, consider adding sun shades to the exterior of your windows. This will also make your home more private during the day and at night.

Make maintenance a priority

The best way to ensure your air conditioner’s energy-efficiency is by having the techs at Southern Air perform maintenance on your system regularly. If it’s been awhile since your last maintenance appointment, call us and we’d be happy to set up a convenient appointment