Energy use skyrockets in the summer as temperatures rise. Our first instinct is to crank the thermostat down to the low 70’s and even 60’s as temperatures can creep up to the 90’s.

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It’s a known fact to most, air conditioners use more energy than any other appliance in the home. This can put a strain on both our wallets and the environment. But how can we stay cool in the hot Florida summer without blasting the AC?

Pinellas and Manatee county summers can be very hot, and for almost all of us, using the air conditioner less isn’t an option. At Performance, we understand how crucial a high-performing air conditioning system is ‘ but we also understand that keeping energy costs down is a priority for lots of homeowners. Below, are some of our favorite ways to save energy throughout the house.

7 Ways to Save Energy at Home

There are many ways you can conserve electricity in your home. Here are a few simple ways that you can conserve energy and still avoid sweating.

1. Use Natural Light

Because of daylight savings, the days are naturally longer during the summer months. Pull the curtains aside and let in the natural light when you’re home. You will be able to conserve energy and dramatically cut down on your utility bill.

2. Turn Off Unused Lights

Turn off lights when you leave a room.

2. Replace Light Bulbs

Replacing standard, incandescent light bulbs with energy saving light bulbs

3. Replace Appliances

Replace appliances with those that use less electricity.

4. Unplug Appliances

Turn off or unplug appliances completely when not in use.

5. Insulate Your Home

Insulating your home properly can help lower your heating and cooling costs.

6. Close Shades

Keep the shades drawn during the day when you’re not home. By doing this, you will not only prevent excess heat from entering your home but will also conserve energy.

7. Schedule AC Maintenance

Keeping your AC in good working order keeps your utility bill low and can help to conserve energy.