Spring is a beautiful time of year in New Orleans, Louisiana, but it’s also a time for unpredictable weather. By being proactive you can avoid those unfortunate spikes in your energy bills that stem from the changing weather.
Cool Your Home Naturally
The less you have to rely on your HVAC system, the less you worry about utility spikes. Plant shade trees around your home to keep the sun from beating down and making your home hotter. Swap out your sheets and comforter to stay comfortable at night. Use fans and other ventilation to keep your home cooler on warmer days. If you can keep your house cool during the spring before the real heat comes, the spikes you see on your utility bills won’t be as big.
Program Your Thermostat
A smart thermostat is an investment, but it’s easier to manage than a basic programmable one. Whether you have a smart or a conventional model, set it so that it adjusts to save energy. If you are gone during the day, change the temperature to adjust when you get home. You don’t need to overheat or excessively cool an empty home. By changing it throughout the day, it’s comfortable when you are home and not wasting energy while you are away.
Reduce Heat and Humidity
There are a lot of heat sources in your home that you might not realize. Incandescent light bulbs add warmth to your home. Electronics near your thermostat trick it into thinking the house is warmer than it is. Cooking, hot showers, and washing clothes all increase the humidity in your home making it feel warmer. If you cut extra sources of heat and moisture, you won’t need to crank the air conditioner as early in the spring and can save some money on your energy bills.
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