An Arkansas summer can wreak havoc on your energy bills. It’s estimated that nationwide Americans spend around $11 billion per year in cooling costs. Before the sun’s July rays really start heating things up, take some preventative measures that will help you keep your cool this summer.
Here is How to keep your Home and Energy bill cool
- Insulate, Insulate, Insulate. Air leaks in your home mean leaks in your pocketbook. Not sure how to find those air leaks? Impact, LLC is among the first and few residential contractors to use a state-of-the-art thermographic camera to locate those small air leaks that cause big heating and cooling bills. The heat-sensing camera reveals those hard-to-find leaks without the invasive methods that can damage walls and fixtures.
- Use lighter exterior finishes. Using light-colored roofing and siding on your home can reduce your energy spent on cooling by up to 15%.
- Upgrade your air unit. If your air unit needs replacing anyway, opt for an energy efficient cooling system with a SEER rating of 14 or higher. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio.
- Take advantage of natural shade. Consider planting leafy shrubs and trees near south and west-facing walls and windows to block the summer sun’s intense afternoon rays.