As summer approaches, there are some things you can do to not only combat the heat, but keep your energy bills as low as possible during this time of year. Following are a few.
Clean AC Condenser Unit: Your ACs condenser unit is the part of your unit that is outside. If you keep it covered during the winter, now’s the time to remove the cover and hose down its coils. Also, clear brush and debris from around the condenser so air can flow freely and smoothly.
Remove Storm Windows: Many residents in cooler climates like Pennsylvania have storm windows. If you have them, remove them for the summer months and install screens instead. This will keep out insects, while allowing you to take advantage of cool breezes without running the AC.
Change Filters: This is an easy, inexpensive energy-saving tip. All filters in your heating/cooling system should be changed. Ideally, they should be done every month or two.
Seal Windows and Doors: Some energy experts estimate that as much as 60% of a home’s air escapes via cracks around windows and doors. So, make sure these are sealed properly so that when your AC is on, your energy dollars are not flowing right out the door (or window).
Is Your Energy Plan “Summertime Ready?”
Just as you ready your home for summer, you should also check your electric service plan to make sure you’re getting the best deal.
For example, if you have a prepaid electric plan, you might be in for a shock once the bill comes in when you start using your air conditioner. This is because these plans have some of the highest rates on the market.
Look into a no deposit electric service plan (or a low-deposit plan) that costs less. Traditional Pennsylvania electricity companies have programs like this for credit challenged customers, as well as those with low or fixed incomes. Right now the PPL Energy utility area is open for competition allowing consumers the ability to choose a competitive electricity company in PA.
If your current Pennsylvania energy supplier doesn’t offer a low-deposit or no deposit electric service plan – you’re in luck because you live in a “free to choose” state. This means you can shop for one that does.