Across most of the country, the summer season has begun. For most people, this is not something to rejoice about because as the temperatures rise, so do the utility bills. However, there are simple and practical ways to save energy, which might spare you from a lot of headache.
Use a fan instead of an air conditioner. If you feel hot, try to cool yourself with the electric fan first before turning on the air conditioner. If you don’t have electric fans, install one this summer. Fans placed in strategic parts of a house are enough to keep it cool.
Ensure the efficiency of your air conditioner. Air conditioners need regular maintenance to achieve their maximum efficiency. The most common problem of air conditioners is a dirty filter. Dirty filters significantly reduce the machine’s efficiency by blocking airflow. For reusable filters, cleaning is enough. Otherwise, replace them.
If cleaning or replacing the filter did not do the trick, you need to check coils, coil fins and drain channels. If you’re not comfortable doing this, call a professional. A clean air filter alone can reduce your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5-15 percent.
Reduce the use of electric appliances and gadgets. Instead of using the dryer, why not take advantage of solar power and dry your clothes outside? Take shorter showers or better still, don’t use the water heater anymore.
Check the weather stripping of doors and windows. Another way of reducing energy consumption is to make sure that the weather stripping of doors and windows are still intact. If not, fill the gaps around doors and window frames with weather stripping materials to eliminate air leaks.
For owners of steel buildings, these tips are also useful to further lessen their energy bills since these structures are already known for their energy efficiency. Steel buildings are energy-efficient for a lot of reasons.
1. Coated steel offers not only corrosion resistance but heat reflectivity as well. The bright surface of steel buildings helps to reflect heat, thereby reducing the structures’ energy loads.
2. Most steel buildings are insulated based on applicable building codes. Insulation keeps indoor temperatures at comfortable levels – warm during winter season and cool during summer days.
3. The very nature of steel buildings makes them energy-efficient. These structures are pre-engineered using computers and prefabricated at the factory where each component is pre-cut in their exact measurements, resulting in a perfect fit when assembled. That’s why steel buildings are extremely durable and weather tight.