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Ways to Conserve Energy during the Summer

June 19, 2018
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Summer is almost here. As we look forward to the upcoming months enjoying outdoor activities and warmer weather, we probably aren’t looking forward to the energy bills that are to come. Use these tips to conserve energy during the summer.

  1. Don’t use the clothes dryer – Especially during the hottest part of the day. Hang them up to dry outside or in the laundry room. You’ll not only save energy but also keep from heating your home in the process.
  2. Implement different modes of cooking – Using the oven will contribute to heating up your home. Instead fire up the grill, cook on the stovetop, use the microwave, or eat something that doesn’t need to be heated up like a salad or sandwich to help keep your home cool.
  3. Keep the blinds and curtains closed – Don’t invite the sun in. Shut the blinds and close your curtains during the day to keep the sun and the heat out too.
  4. Use a ceiling fan – Utilize the ceiling fan to keep from running the thermostat too low. These can make the room feel cooler than what it actually is. Make sure the fan runs counter clockwise so the air blows straight down.
  5. Replace lightbulbs – Get rid of any incandescent lightbulbs and replace them with compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) or light emitting diodes (LED). These different lighting methods will be cooler than the traditional incandescent lightbulbs.
  6. Stay in or out – Don’t run in and out your house unnecessarily. The heat and humidity will follow and aid in warming your home.
  7. Wear light clothing – Consider wearing thin and loose clothing. This will help keep you cool and hopefully help you avoid messing with the thermostat.

New construction homes, such as the ones built by reputable Houston TX homes builder Sandcastle Homes, are more energy efficient than resale homes. Sandcastle Homes uses the following energy saving materials in their homes:

  • 7/16” Radiant Barrier roof decking
  • Continuous soffits vents
  • Double pane, Low E Glass windows
  • Energy-efficient gas water heater
  • Energy-preserving insulation in walls and ceilings, with exterior Dow ½” R-3 sheathing
  • Goodman-Amana 14 SEER air conditioning and natural gas furnace with 10 year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Green Built Gulf Coast Certified with 3rd party Energy Performance Verification
  • Programmable thermostat
  • Sill seal between sill plate and slab

Contact Sandcastle Homes if you’re ready to trade in your older home for an energy efficient home. We have an array of available Houston TX homes inventory. Call us today at (281) 543-6360 to learn about our inventory and open houses.

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This post was written by Sandcastle Homes

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.

Neal Massey

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