Energy Saving Tips for Back to School Time

September 14, 2021

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Back to School Time is Energy-Saving Time!

Now that the kids are back in school and the summer has come to an end, homeowners can get excited about the energy-saving opportunities that go along with this time of year. When they board the bus to go to school, you’ll likely notice that the house is emptier on a day-to-day basis, and the main consequence of this is that you can adjust your thermostat. It’s also a great time to get in touch with Craig’s Services, since our Davis County air conditioner maintenance and repair experts also have plenty of helpful tips on how to lower your energy bills now that the kids are back in school. 

Adjust Your Thermostat

With both the temperatures cooling down and the kids back in school, autumn is a good time to reconsider your house’s temperature. With fewer warm bodies in the house day after day, there’s less need to blast the air conditioning as you did in the heat of summer. Remember that you can save four to eight percent of your cooling costs for each degree that you raise the thermometer. 

Unplug Unused Devices

Over the summer, your children likely had video games and other electronic gadgets plugged in all day. Now that they are back in school, there is no need for unused electronics to remain plugged in while they are not being used. Doing so will help lower your energy bill. 

Consider Your Refrigerator Usage

If you prepare lunch for your kids during the morning, you may be opening and closing the door frequently throughout the process. Doing so makes your fridge work extra hard to keep a consistent temperature. One way to easily save energy is to remove all the ingredients and lunch-making supplies from the fridge at once and place them all on the counter. 

Use a Smart Power Strip

A smart power strip is a hub that ensures that electricity isn’t drawn from electronics and appliances that aren’t in use. If you don’t have a smart power strip, you’ll often find that many retail outlets put them on sale at the end of the summer. 

Keep the Kids Busy After School

If your kids come back to the house directly after school ends, it can negate many of the energy savings. Bored kids in the house often resort to engaging in energy-intensive activities such as watching television, playing with electronics, and repeatedly opening and closing the refrigerator. Besides helping you save on your energy bills, enrolling your kids in afterschool programs or clubs can help them socially and help them learn new skills. 

Get Air Conditioner Maintenance

In the summer, it can be difficult to juggle having the kids at home and scheduling appointments for HVAC maintenance or air conditioning repairs. Now that they are back at school, you can finally have one of our mechanics come out to your house for those long-awaited repairs and maintenance, which will help lower your energy bills. 

Schedule an Appointment Today

To schedule an appointment with one of our HVAC professionals, contact Craig’s Services at 801-295-3357. 

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