Weather Summer Heat Waves Better - With or Without Solar

  • Lea Goodsell
  • Vice President of Business Development & Branding

Obviously, if you have solar, the amount you pay for your electricity will be less.

Obviously, if you have solar, the amount you pay for your electricity will be less. But even with solar, you will want to use the same amount of energy that your system offset is based on, otherwise, you will still have a remaining balance you have to pay to the utility. Here are five easy tips to help you beat the heat, and to keep you from paying more than you should.

  1. Clean/Replace AC Filter - At least once every three months filtered should be cleaned or replaced. A dirty filter and help prevent good airflow and could lead to your unit’s evaporator coil freezing up, which could add 5 – 15% to your AC bill. Filters are generally less than $10.
  2. Inch That Thermostat Up a Tad - For every degree you raise the temperature, you’ll trim your AC bill by up to 3%. The good news? Research shows the body can adapt to a new normal in just a week or two.
  3. Get/Use a Fan - Any kind of fan will help, but a ceiling fan is the most helpful by circulating the cool air and removing some of the burden from your AC. Maximize airflow by double checking that your fan turns counterclockwise.
  4. No Need to Cool an Empty Room - You’re chilling a lot of real estate if you have AC vents or units in rooms you’re not using. Shut closet doors everywhere, close vents in unoccupied rooms and if you’re away, keep window units off.
  5. Be Strategic with Placement of Furniture/Curtains - Be careful not to block AC vents with furniture or curtains and be sure to close blinds and slide curtains to block as much of the sun as possible during the day to protect your space from the heat.

And if you don't have solar, and you're still paying too much or aren't comfortable with the temperature you feel you can afford, it's time to explore solar!

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