Summer is the perfect time for holidays, spending time with family and enjoying the outdoors. Summertime also means higher temperatures and physical discomfort from the heat. Energy-intensive cooling solutions can have an adverse effect on your electricity bills.
However, you can keep your energy bills from skyrocketing and also stay comfortable within your home by understanding a few facts about energy in the summer.
1. It is hot and it will only get hotter
Global temperatures are continuously on the rise. In Australia, the average temperature is progressively increasing, even in cooler seasons. Summers are predicted to be hotter than previous years, caused by long heatwaves in the northern parts of the country. Climate change is a major reason and it’s a problem that’s not going away anytime soon. This means summers will simply get hotter every year.
2. Higher energy bills in summer
When it gets hot, one tends to rely on artificial cooling systems to keep cool inside the house or workplace. The continued use of air conditioning puts a strain on your energy intake, increasing your bills significantly.
The higher intensity of sunlight makes the interiors hotter through heat transfer, especially if the insulation of the home is not effective and the windows and the immediate outdoors don’t have proper shading.
The summer of 2018-19 in Queensland saw the demand for energy increase by more than 2000 megawatts over the previous winter, according to the Australian Energy Regulator. The huge demand for energy in summer to run air conditioners puts a strain on the system.
3. Reducing energy bills in summer
A higher energy bill in summer is the current reality. But what can you do to reduce your reliance on artificial cooling systems and your energy consumption? There are a few changes you can make in and around your home to help you mitigate energy usage every summer.
External window coverings
Fixing window coverings externally can help you block out the sun and prevent heat transfer to the interior of your home. This solution is particularly effective for east-facing homes, especially in the mornings when the sun is at its strongest – you can prevent heat from leaching into your home and increasing your use of air-conditioners.
Glass plays a major role in the efficiency of windows. The wrong kind of glass will increase the amount of heat leaching into and out of the home. Some windows are specifically designed to reduce leaching. These energy-efficient windows help keep temperatures in your home from fluctuating drastically due to heat loss or gain.
Outdoor spaces such as decks, balconies and verandas are great during summers, especially when you are spending time with family or entertaining friends. However, exposed outdoor areas can also get uncomfortable in summer. Install shutters or decorative screens to protect these outdoor spaces during the hottest times of the day, enabling you to enjoy the outdoor breezes and the beautiful views without the harsh heat of the sun.
Passive shading using awnings and shutters is a great way to increase the shade around your home. These shading solutions can block the sun’s rays from reaching the exterior of your home, which will keep the interior temperatures cooler.
Contact Shutterflex today to explore energy-efficient options for your home or workplace.