Minnesota summers can get warm and humid at times, causing many Minnesotans to turn on their air conditioners even with energy costs increasing. There are ways to lower your summer energy costs! By properly examining your home, you can take steps to lessen these costs. Reducing your home’s energy costs during the summer will be easier on your pocket while helping the environment.
Insulation in your Minnesota home is important not only for the freezing months, but also for the heat of the summer. It acts as a preventative measure to help keep the heat that hits your roof from dispersing to the rest of your home. If your insulation is lacking, your air conditioner is going to work harder therefore increasing your energy costs. Proper insulation can help lower your energy bills as much as 20%. Your walls and basement also benefit significantly from insulation. If you may need to add to your insulation, Snap Construction can help address those needs and see if that is necessary for your home.
Windows also play a role in your summer energy costs. Energy efficient windows will help to prevent some of the heat from the sun into your home. If you are thinking about replacing your windows in the future, energy efficient windows may be the best option for your home. Another benefit of these is that Federal Tax Credits are available. Replacing your windows can make a huge difference in keeping the heat out of your home during the summer! You will see a difference in energy costs.
Air leakage from air ducts is something that can drastically affect your summer energy costs. A leaking air duct can waste up to 30% of your home’s cooling energy. This could require as much as one ton of air conditioning to overcome that leak. The energy costs associated with that are immense. An energy contractor can give you an analysis on where and how energy is being lost in your home.
Home appliances have a direct impact on your summer energy costs. Plan most of your summer meals on the grill! In Minnesota, grilling is something most enjoy during the warm season, so take advantage of that! Your energy bill will thank you. Did you know that your oven uses more than two times as much energy as your microwave? During the Minnesota summers, take advantage of the nice weather and grilling! In need of a new grilling space? Snap Construction can help transform your backyard with a new or updated deck for your home!
Other home appliances like dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers contribute to your energy costs. During the Minnesota summers, make it your goal to avoid using these during the high time of the day when it is warmest. Using them in the early morning or later at night will lower your energy costs.
Snap Construction is here to answer any questions you may have when it comes to making your home more energy efficient. You can call or text our office to schedule a free no obligation appointment! 612-333-SNAP (7627).