How To Keep Your Energy Bills Low This Summer

Don’t Let Your Energy Bills Ruin Your Summer At last, summer is here! For most people, summer is connected with

Don't Let Your Energy Bills Ruin Your Summer

At last, summer is here!

For most people, summer is connected with many great memories! Be it going to the beach, going boating or fishing, getting outdoors for a hike or a family camping trip, going on a cruise, and so many things that the beautiful and warm summer climate and longer days allows you to do. 

But when it comes to your monthly energy bills, there is one not-so-exciting part about summer. With warmer weather comes increased energy use that can some times shoot your monthly electricity bills 30%-50% higher. 

Adding to your increased energy usage during the summer, there is also another factor that can contribute to higher electricity bills: increased energy rates. Energy pricing, like any service or product, follows the laws of supply and demand. During summer months, the demand for electricity shoots up because most businesses and homes are using more energy; in turn prices also spike. View our tracking the market page to see our latest report on energy pricing and trends. 

To help you enjoy summer, here are some things you can do to keep your business’ monthly energy bills low:

Program Your Office's Thermostat

Picture of a smart thermostat

Your thermostat is going to be one of the best tools to help you save money during the summer periods. Because your temperature preferences and comfort levels are different from person to person, we aren’t going to tell you what temperatures to program in your thermostat. However, we can give you some facts to work with. 

Your air conditioner doesn’t need to be on full blast when no one is in the building. Setting your air conditioner to 80 degrees or even turning it off when everyone leaves and turning it back on an hour or thirty minutes before employees arrive is a fantastic way to decrease summer energy bills.

Manage The Office Temperature Debate

John Snow

We know the office-temperature-debate is probably a debate that goes back to when air conditioners were first used. Managing it can help you save a lot of money during the summer. 

Unless you work in a meat factory, you don’t need to set your thermostat to “freezing” mode during the day. And we say that because by survey a lot of office workers feel the need to wear a sweater or pullover at the office to stay warm. Some even use space heaters, which add even more to your office’s energy bills. 

The average office temperature is between 68 and 76 degrees. For every degree the thermostat is raised, you save between 4%-8% in cooling costs. Surveying your employees and finding a comfortable temperature that everyone can agree on can help you save money on energy costs this summer. 

Get An Energy Audit

Get an Energy Audit

When you see high energy bills an energy audit can help you to detect areas of energy waste, and if your business qualifies, it can help you find better energy rates for your business; helping you to reduce your energy costs by sometimes up to 40%. 

At Energy Professionals, we offer obligation free energy audits that can help you find the lowest energy rates and/or find ways to reduce energy bills through energy efficiency and energy intelligence solutions.

Shade Windows With Blinds or Drapes

Conference Room with Blinds

There’s nothing like letting natural sunlight into your office! In fact, last week we wrote an article that suggested using sunlight as a way to save on energy.

However in most parts of the U.S., during summer the sun shines for longer during the day and due to the warm weather, letting sunlight into your office can have the reverse effect – warming your office and causing the air conditioner to work harder to keep your building cool. Using blinds or drapes to block the sunlight from coming in can help dramatically reduce your monthly energy costs. 

Clean Your Air Conditioner and Vents

Here you can see a before and after photo that we took of an A/C vent after our refurbishing process.

This might not be something you think about all the time but if you’ve not cleaned your HVAC system in the last five years, you should. 

Heating and cooling consume about 40%-50% of your office’s energy. Cleaning your HVAC system not only increases airflow and reduces energy bills, but it also improves indoor air quality, the production of your employees, and helps you extend the life span of your HVAC system.

At Energy Professionals, we use a proprietary technology that can bring your HVAC system back to like-new condition for 1/10th of the cost of buying a new one. 

Summing Up Summer Energy Bills

Enjoy your summer without needing to pay high monthly energy bills! By following these few simple points, you can reduce your energy bills allowing you to have more money to make this summer the most productive summer ever! At Energy Professionals, we are here to help you find the best energy rates on the market and find ways to further reduce your summer energy bills by helping you locate and reduce energy waste through our energy efficiency and energy intelligence solutions. 

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