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3 Hacks to Lower Your A/C Bill This Summer

by The Russo Team

3 Hacks to Lower Your A/C Bill This Summer

Did you know that cooling accounts for forty percent of the energy consumption in the average Arizona home? It’s not uncommon to see bills ranging from $200 to $400 and up when the temperature starts creeping up on the thermometer. In summer energy demand can be higher with weather responsible for up to seventy percent of your electric bill according to Arizona Public Service (APS) department. Here are 3 hacks to lower your A/C bill this summer.

1.) Air Filters: Replace disposable air filters or clean permanent ones at least once a month. A dirty filter forces your equipment to work harder, causing higher energy bills. Replacing your air filter at least once a month helps to save energy and increase the life of your cooling system. Additionally, experts also suggest leaving most of the air vents open in your home. Closing air vents in more than ten percent of your total air conditioned space creates a pressure imbalance and reduces the effectiveness of your cooling system.

2.) Windows: Believe it or not, windows account for half of a home’s summer temperature increase. So first, be sure to check windows for any hot air leaking in and seal them with caulk or weather stripping. If you have curtains close them on windows that receive direct sunlight. Looking for more protection? Consider installing sunscreens on the exterior of windows that receive direct sunlight to block sun from reaching the glass. Sunscreens can block as much as sixty to eighty percent of the sun’s heat from reaching the glass. Not crazy about the look of sun screens? Installing mini-blinds or shutters can reduce solar gain by forty to fifty percent.

3.) Thermostat: If you don’t already have one, installing a programmable thermostat will not only save you time, but energy costs as well. Programmable thermostats allow you to program the temperature in your home to increase by five to ten degrees while you're away and to return to a comfortable level an hour before you return. For every degree you set your thermostat above eighty degrees, you can save approximately two to three percent on cooling costs. The rule of thumb is to set the thermostat between seventy-eight to eighty degrees when you are home and up to eighty-five degrees when you are away.

Just because the temperature is in the triple digits doesn’t mean your air conditioning bill has to too. Utilize these 3 hacks to lower your A/C bill this summer and stay cool!

Frank Russo

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5 Sun Safe Tips for Arizona Heat Awareness Week

by The Russo Team

5 Sun Safe Tips for Arizona Heat Awareness Week

Summer is on its way and temperatures are already on the rise in Phoenix. That’s why the National Weather Service and state officials have teamed up for Arizona Heat Awareness Week, a way to remind Arizonans to stay safe and hydrated during our periods of extreme heat.  Being careful in the heat is extremely important. Last year alone 219 people died from heat related illnesses. Here are 5 sun safe tips for Arizona Heat Awareness Week to keep you and your family safe all summer long!

  1. The hottest parts of the day are usually between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., so try to do any outdoor activity outside of those hours. 
  2. Planning to hike? Don’t forget that it’s illegal to take your dog on the hiking trail if the temperature is over 100 degrees and you could be fined $2,500.
  3. When the temperature outside reaches 99 degrees, your car can heat up to 120 degrees in just one hour so please, never leave kids or pets in the car for an extended amount of time.
  4. The human body is 60% water hence why it’s so easy to get dehydrated in the summer. While drinking 8-10 glasses of water is the usual rule of thumb, it is advisable to drink 12 to 15 glasses of fluids during the summer, especially if you’re doing any strenuous activity outside.
  5. Arizona has the second highest skin cancer rate in the world. There are nearly 1,500 cases of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, diagnosed each year. So please protect yourself from direct sun exposure by covering up with light clothing, wearing a broad-brimmed hat, utilizing UV-blocking sunglasses and wearing sf 15 or higher sunblock daily.

The lack of rainfall in the state also contributes to the heat as Phoenix has not had any measurable rainfall since March 11th according to the National Weather Service. Please be safe and share these 5 sun safe tips for Arizona Awareness Week with friends and family. For additional tips to survive the summer or if you’re searching for a home in Phoenix this summer, please contact the Russo Team today!

Frank Russo

Russo Team

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602-864-1200

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