March 30, 2023

Efficiency Upgrades to Help You Save this Summer

Energy Efficiency

Spring and summer are opportune times for home upgrades and DIY projects. If you’re planning to make improvements on your home, consider upgrades that promote better energy efficiency.

Here are a few projects that can help you save energy and money – and increase the comfort of your home!

Smart Thermostats – Installing a smart thermostat is one of the simplest ways to manage home energy use and keep summer bills in check. Smart thermostats are easy to install and allow you to control your heating and cooling system from your phone. You can purchase an ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostat for as low as $100, which can save you 5% on annual heating and cooling costs – around $50 per year. We offer rebates to help reduce the purchase price.

Not to mention, by joining our Power Peak Rewards program you can get added value from your smart thermostat when paired with your AC system. Earn one $50 bill credit for signing up and an annual $30 participation reward after the cooling season. Click here to learn more about the program.

Sealing Air Leaks – While it’s not as trendy as adding smart technologies, sealing air leaks around your home is a simple, effective way to save energy and lower your bills. Applying new (or replacing old) weather stripping around doors and windows can instantly make your home more comfortable and reduce energy waste. Applying caulk to fill gaps can also improve the seal of your home. Caulk can be applied to a variety of areas including windows, doors, bathtubs, and sinks.

Find other home energy efficiency tips and tricks online by clicking here.

Upgrading Appliances – Of course, there are additional efficiency upgrades that can make a big impact on energy use, like replacing old appliances with ENERGY STAR models or upgrading your home’s heating and cooling system. But these upgrades can be a bit pricey up front.

Remember to check and see if you qualify for a rebate from your cooperative to help offset some of the purchase and/or installation cost. Rebate information is available at this link.