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3 Summer Energy Tips to Save Money

The hot days of summer can be a menace to your utility bills if you’re not careful. Here’s a trio of handy tips to keep cool and reduce your need to run your cooling system.

We previously recommended clearing the filter on your cooling system at the beginning of summer. Well, even if you did it then it’s now a good idea to check it once more. Clogged filters slow down the air flow and make your system work harder than it has to. We recommend checking the filter every month.

Remember that upright and ceiling fans do not cool rooms; they only cool people. The fan blades create a wind chill effect when they blow air on a person, but the heat produced by their motors actually warms makes the room slightly warmer. That means leaving a fan on in an empty room isn’t just wasteful, it’s counterproductive.

Your outdoor grill is probably a hit at Fourth of July parties when you load it up with burgers, hot dogs and BBQ chicken, but don’t think that’s the limit of what you can use it for. Using the grill won’t heat up the house the way your oven will so use it every chance you get. The Internet is filled with tips on how to cook all sorts of things outdoors on the grill, including corn on the cob, lobster tails and even buttermilk biscuits.

4 ways to stay cool on the 4th of July

Most people have Independence Day off from work, but your air conditioner will probably run longer than normal to comfort the people lounging around the house. Give the AC a break and cut down on your utility bill by using these simple tips to reduce the need for home cooling during your Fourth of July party.

Go for a swim

Going for a swim on a hot day not only cools you down while you’re in the water, but will leave you feeling cool and comfortable hours later. Now that it’s July, all of the local swimming holes, public beaches and neighborhood pools should be open. Show up early to beat the crowds and if you feel up for it, take a second dip in the late afternoon.

Use the BBQ exclusively

Traditional Fourth of July parties use the outdoor grill to avoid heating up the house, but some people still end up preparing side dishes inside using the oven or the top of the stove. Resist that temptation and limit the non-BBQ items to cold and room temperature foods like potato salad, chips and fruit salad that was prepared in advance.

Block out the sun

You should already keep your window blinds and shades closed during the day to stop your home from heating up, but don’t forget to shield your outdoor guests from the sun’s rays too. You can install a sunshade, umbrella or canopy pretty cheaply outside. If your garage naturally stays cool, consider opening the door and setting up some chairs inside to provide an oasis from the sunlight.

Cut that hair!

Now is the perfect time to change your hairstyle to a new summer cut, but even if you’re not making a radical departure, now might be a good time to trim things up to stay cool. As a bonus, you’ll get a chance to show it off to your family and friends at the party.

Holiday Heat Saving Tips from Wilson Brothers Heating & Cooling

The holiday season is upon us.  You may be wondering how you can save a little extra on your energy and heating bills, whether you’re traveling or hosting family.  Here are a few tips from Wilson Brothers to help you keep a few extra dollars in your pocket this holiday season.

Hosting:

  1. While hosting guests at your house you may feel the need to crank up the heat for them.  The opposite is actually true.  Before guests arrive in your home, drop your thermostat by 2 degrees and allow your guests to “naturally” heat your home.
  2. Turn down or turn off the heat in the kitchen.  You’re likely to have the stove and oven cranked all day.  Consider turning off or turning down the heat in your kitchen.  Let your food prep help to heat your home and this will also keep you more comfortable while cooking.  Once you’re done cooking, open your oven door and let the heat of the oven out (if it’s safe to do so, be careful of pets and little ones).  This heat will keep your kitchen warm for additional time after dinner.
  3. Burn smartly.  If you plan to have a fire or run your wood stove, turn down that heat! The fire is fueled by the air in the room, so once the flame is out, your furnace works overtime to replace that warm air.
  4. Make your thermostat work for you.  Programmable thermostats are your best friend all year long, but can be especially helpful during the holidays.  Program it to be lower when no one is home and when you’re asleep.
  5. Use the sun wisely.  Open your shades on the windows that get sun.  You’ll be amazed as to how much this can warm up your home!

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Traveling:

  1. Thermal curtains and insulation.  While you’re planning to be away, your house won’t be inhabited so it will make it more difficult to keep it warm.  By insulating doors, drafts and leaks in your system before you leave, you’ll keep your empty home warmer and more efficient.
  2. Turn down that hot water heater.  If no one is home, you’re hot water won’t be running.  Turn your hot water heater down to low or “vacation mode”.  Just remember to turn it back up when you return and a few hours before you jump in the shower.
  3. Turn down your thermostat but not too much.  We live in New England, we know storms, power outages and sudden cold snaps happen. Turn your thermostat down to 58-60 degrees.  This will keep your house warm enough to prevent pipes from freezing.
  4. Have a neighbor keep an eye out.  If the weather is expected to make a turn for the worse while you’re away, have a neighbor turn your heat up in case of a power outage.
  5. Turn off all space heaters.  This is the number one cause of fires during the winter.  Leaving a space heater on while you’re away can result in your home being a lump of coal when you return.

Have a happy and safe holiday from all of us at Wilson Brothers!