Reduce Energy Costs, Electricity Blackouts: What Homeowners Can Do

Summer in San Antonio usually means one thing, and that’s heat! What do you do to find relief? Most of us turn up the air conditioning and let the ceiling fan run full-tilt all day long—only to be horrified at the end of the month when the electric bill arrives. Unfortunately, we’re not the only ones who suffer when electricity usage spikes during the summer months. The electrical grid that services our community also becomes strained when electricity usage increases, and blackouts occur when too much demand is placed on the system. For homeowners, the combination of higher utility bills and the potential for a total loss of electrical service is the ultimate double-whammy.

During these long, hot days of summer, there are plenty of ways for homeowners to reduce energy costs and help ease the burden placed on the electrical grid as a whole. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Close curtains, blinds and shades to keep the hot sun from heating up your home unnecessarily. Your home’s interior will stay cooler, and you’ll reduce energy costs by being able to run the air conditioner less frequently.
  • Keep in mind that energy use tends to peak in the late afternoon when it’s hottest and people are returning home from work. You can lessen the strain on the electrical grid if you avoid running major appliances during this time. Simple things like doing laundry in the morning and only running the dishwasher overnight will reduce energy costs and help to manage utility usage in your community.
  • Try raising the temperature setting on your central air conditioning unit. Every degree will make a difference in your monthly electric bill.
  • Have your air conditioner serviced regularly. A clean, tuned-up air conditioning system will operate at peak efficiency—and save you money month after month.

At Beyer Boys, we take enormous pride in our excellent service reputation in San Antonio and beyond. Let us show you the difference that our experienced, NATE-certified technicians can make in your home. Contact us today to learn more about how you can reduce energy costs without losing your cool.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in San Antonio, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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