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Six Ways to Save on Your A/C Bill this Summer

August 14, 2017
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Temperatures continue to steadily rise in Houston. Keeping your home cool during the squelching heat can have a major impact on your electric bill each month. Here are six ways to beat the heat with air conditioning savings.

  1. Close your blinds and curtains – Lots of natural light may have been on your “must-have” list. However, it may not be one of the most wanted features this summer. Close your blinds and curtains during the hottest parts of the day to prevent the sun from entering your home.
  2. Don’t cook inside or use heat producing appliances – Running your dishwasher, clothes dryer, or even cooking on your stovetop can produce a lot of heat in your home. Order takeout, invite your houston tx homes neighbors over and grill outside, or purchase microwavable foods to help keep your home cool. It’s also recommended that you wash the dishes by hand and air-dry your clothes. In turn you will definitely keep your home cool and save money in the process.
  3. Plant a tree – Keep the heat at bay by limiting how much comes into your home. Plant a tree or a bush around the outside of your home to help stop the sun from coming in and making your home hot.
  4. Replace your air filters – These can build up with dust and prevent the air from successfully circulating. Make sure you are replacing these often, like every few months or so, and possibly sooner if you kids and pets.
  5. Turn on your ceiling fan – Turn on your ceiling fan to help cool down the room. Make sure it’s running counterclockwise to ensure the cool airflow is being pushed downward.
  6. Use the bathroom exhaust fan – Get rid of excess heat and humidity in your bathrooms by running the exhaust fan when you shower.

New construction homes, like the ones we build, are more energy efficient than older homes. Below you will see the energy saving materials we use in a Sandcastle home:

  • Energy-preserving insulation in walls and ceilings, with exterior Dow half inch R-3 sheathing
  • 7/16” Radiant Barrier roof decking
  • Goodman-Amana 14 SEER air conditioning and natural gas furnace with 10 year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Continuous soffits vents
  • Sill seal between sill plate and slab
  • Double pane, Low E Glass windows
  • Energy-efficient gas water heater
  • Programmable thermostat
  • Green Built Gulf Coast Certified with 3rd party Energy Performance Verification

Sandcastle Homes is committed to building green, energy efficient homes. To learn more about the energy efficient benefits found in our houston tx homes please contact us 713-298-9489.

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"Sandcastle did an amazing job with my house. They came through on everything they promised. Jose Salas, the construction manager, is very helpful even after we closed on the house. He goes above and beyond. Getting to meet the owner, Salomon, during the closing was a great experience as many other builders don’t do this. We love our house and the quality of it!!"

Enrique and Judith

"We just moved into our new home by Sandcastle. Since the beginning of the process the whole Sandcastle team paid great attention to our requests and responded rapidly. We were lucky to get in contract in time for us to choose colors, kitchen design, finishes and other and all our requests were reflected in our new house. At the end of the closing, the team always kept the same great attitude towards us and helped us with any question or request. We would say one of the greatest things about Sandcastle is that they really back up what they sell: best price, best service, best quality in town. We ended up extremely pleased with our new house."

Andres and Marcela

"I just moved into my new Sandcastle home and I think it’s a wonderful place to live. They have been very helpful, particularly Lynette and Steve. From the owner Mike Salomen down, it has been a truly positive experience. I would highly recommend anyone who wants to buy a new home that is built of high quality to consider this home builder."

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