For some people, summer means trips to the beach, friendly neighborhood barbeques, and soaking up the warm sunshine. For others, it means cranking the air conditioning and increased utility bills. So, The Whittaker in Trenton, New Jersey has a few tips for staying cool this summer without breaking the bank.
Own an Energy Star Efficient Home
At The Whittaker, all of our homes are Energy Star certified, which means they were built to specific standards that keep your home sealed. So, when you run your air conditioning, the cold air stays inside your home and the hot, summer air doesn’t seep in. While this may seem like a simple detail, it’s one that can make tons of difference in the bill that shows up in your mailbox each month.
Just by having efficient Energy Star equipment, you can save $115 annually on your energy bill, according to the Energy Star website. That could be a nice dinner out, a fun outdoor concert, or even a few fresh items to spruce up your summer wardrobe.
Run Your Air Conditioner Efficiently
While it’s tempting to come home after a day in the sun, drastically lower the thermostat, and feel a nice arctic breeze, this simple action could be costing you a lot each month. Fortunately, there’s a great way to capitalize on the time you’re out of your house and keep your home cool for when you walk in the door.
Energy Star thermostats come with a program setting that allows you to set periods of time throughout the week when you’re away from home. So, your thermostat can know when you’re at work, bring the temperature to one that saves energy and then drop it down before you get home. According to the Energy Star website, you can save $180 every year in energy costs by using pre-programmed settings.
Another common mistake people make when trying to keep their home cool is failing to change their air filter regularly. A to-do list item that takes only a few minutes can make your air conditioner run more efficiently because it doesn’t have to work as hard to process the clean, cold air.
The Energy Star website recommends checking your filter every month especially during winter and summer. If it looks dirty after a month, you should change it, but at a minimum, filters should be changed at least every 3 months.
“A clean filter will also prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system — leading to expensive maintenance and/or early system failure,” Energy Star explains.
Take Advantage of Natural Sunlight
Saving money in summer isn’t just about temperature and utilizing natural sunlight can be a great, simple way to cut down on your electricity bill. With all of this great sunlight, there’s less of a need to turn on all those energy-sucking light bulbs from your lamps. And when you’re not home, close your curtains because the sun can heat up your home and cause the AC to have to work harder. Plus, you can’t enjoy the view anyway if you aren’t home.
Experiencing the changing seasons is even better in a home you own and at The Whittaker, you can own a 2 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, condominium for only $1,010/month* in Trenton, New Jersey.
Are you excited about becoming a homeowner but unsure how you’ll cover the closing costs? The Whittaker is offering $2,000 for closing costs and options!**
Owning a home is simple and to get the process started, all you have to do is contact us!