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Navigating Seasonal Energy Trends: How to Optimize for Summer

By NOPEC on May 6, 2024

Summer brings its own set of energy challenges and opportunities. Understanding the seasonal changes in energy usage patterns can empower you to make informed decisions to minimize energy consumption and maximize efficiency during the warmer months. Let’s explore the shifts in energy usage during summer and actionable tips to help you optimize your energy usage for a more sustainable and cost-effective season. 


Air Conditioning Efficiency

During summer, air conditioning becomes a primary energy consumer in many households. To optimize energy usage without sacrificing comfort, consider setting your thermostat to a higher temperature when you’re away from home or asleep. Utilize fans to circulate cool air more efficiently and reduce the workload on your air conditioning system. Lastly, ensure your air conditioning unit is properly maintained, including regular cleaning of filters and coils, to improve its efficiency and longevity. 


Daylight Harvesting

Daylight harvesting is the practice of using natural sunlight to brighten indoor spaces, reducing the need for artificial lighting and, in turn, saving energy. During the summer months, when daylight hours are longer, you can make the most of natural light and heat by strategically managing window coverings. Keeping curtains and blinds closed during the hottest parts of the day can block excess heat and sunlight, reducing the need for air conditioning. However, during cooler parts of the day or when the sun isn’t directly shining into your home, opening curtains and blinds can let in natural light and brighten your home naturally. Strategically placing mirrors or reflective surfaces near windows can help bounce natural light deeper into your home, brightening spaces without the need for additional light fixtures. 


Outdoor Energy Management

Summer often means spending more time outdoors, which can impact energy consumption. Opt for energy-efficient outdoor lighting options, such as LED fixtures or solar-powered lighting to illuminate outdoor spaces without draining excess energy. When using outdoor appliances like grills or lawn mowers, choose electric or battery-powered models over gas-powered ones to minimize emissions. 


Renewable Energy Solutions

Summer presents an ideal opportunity to harness the power of renewable energy sources like solar energy. Solar panels can generate clean, renewable energy from the abundant sunlight available during the summer months, reducing reliance on traditional grid electricity and lowering utility bills. Explore incentives, rebates, and financing options available for solar installations in your area to determine the feasibility of transitioning to solar energy for your home. You can check out your local appliance or electronics stores to find more affordable, temporary solar options. 


Shop Around for Your Electricity

In deregulated energy markets, like the energy market in Ohio, consumers have the freedom to choose their electricity provider, presenting an opportunity to shop around for the best rates. This is especially helpful in summer when demand for electricity is high. Take the time to compare electricity plans from different suppliers to find one that offers competitive rates and favorable terms. Check out NOPEC’s electricity rates to see if we can help you save. 


By understanding the seasonal shifts in energy usage patterns and implementing practical strategies to optimize energy consumption, you can enjoy a more comfortable and sustainable summer while reducing your environmental footprint and saving money on energy bills. With a proactive approach to energy management, you can make the most of the summer season while minimizing its impact on your wallet. Visit NOPEC’s Energy Savings Center to find more ways to save on your energy bills or check out NOPEC’s electric rates to see if we can help you save!



Tags: Energy Efficiency
Categories: Energy Efficiency | Consumer Questions

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