Megavolt’s Summer Energy Saving Tips

Thanks go to Yoni Kremer of Megavolt, certified electrician for this guest post. Look for more guest posts from Yoni and others in this space in the future. If you would like to contribute to the AACI blog, please contact us at bjacobson@aaci.org.il and include “Guest Blog Post” as the subject.

Recommendations in this article are those of the author, but do not necessarily represent policies of the AACI.

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The demand for electricity in Israel continues growing each year. With the price of electricity rising all the time, those who reduce their electricity usage can make huge differences in energy conservation and lower costs. To help you save energy this summer, Megavolt offers the following tips:

Use fans to keep air moving. A ceiling fan uses about as much electricity as a light bulb – far less than an air conditioner.

Look for the ENERGY STAR symbol when purchasing a new air conditioner or major appliance.

Turn off air conditioners or set their thermostats at 26° C or higher when leaving home. Each degree a thermostat is raised can save up to three to four percent on the cost of operating an air conditioner.

Have your cooling system tuned and inspected by a service professional. Poorly maintained systems run inefficiently and the extra costs accumulate over time.

Give air conditioners a break by using programmable thermostats.

Clean or change air conditioner filters monthly. The flow of air is the key to cooling, so don’t make your system work harder than it has to. Also, make sure that air vents are not blocked with furniture or other objects that might slow down the air flow.

Close your blinds and curtains during the day to block out heat from the sunlight. In the evening, open the blinds and curtains to let heat escape through the windows.

Use exhaust fans, which consume very little electricity, to blow hot air out of your kitchen while you are cooking.

Avoid activities that add humidity and heat to your home during peak hours. For example, cooking meals and using the clothes dryer can be done during the cooler parts of the day. Better yet, hang your laundry to dry during the summer months – you’ll save energy and have fresher smelling clothes.

Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms and change the most frequently used lighting sources to compact fluorescent light bulbs.

Plant shade trees around your house to block heat from the sun. As the trees grow, they can dramatically lower your cooling bills.

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