Your Home: The Hidden Costs of Summer

Are your summer energy bills higher than you'd like? These often overlooked sources of energy waste could be costing you.


Having your air conditioning system cleaned and inspected by a qualified pro is a great way to start saving this summer, but don't overlook other potential sources of energy waste that may be costing you. Some are hard to spot, while others may be hidden in plain sight.

Neglected Thermostat

Adjusting the thermostat is the simplest way to save energy, but it's often overlooked. Raising the temperature when no one is home can significantly reduce your summer energy bills. Today's smart thermostats make it easy, automatically adjusting temperatures based on your habits.

Man adjusting his thermostat

Unwanted Heat Gain

Unwanted heat gain through windows reduces comfort and makes your cooling system work harder. Use window treatments, such as shades or blinds, on south- and east-facing windows to block unwanted heat gain from the sun.

Woman looking through the curtains

Attic Air Leaks

Even if your attic is fully insulated, air leaks could still cost you money while making your upstairs hotter. Potential sources of air leaks include recessed ceiling light fixtures, as well as around plumbing vents, furnace flues and ductwork. Seal leaks with caulk or expandable foam insulation.

Man insulating his attic ducts

Blocked Vents

Your air conditioning system is designed for balance. Blocked vents keep conditioned air from getting where it's supposed to go, reducing overall system efficiency and performance. Ensure that all supply and return air vents are fully open and unblocked by furniture or rugs.

Wall vents

Get a Checkup

If you're looking for more ways to save this summer and all year long, consider a home energy assessment (HEA). A qualified Energy Advisor will inspect your home and uncover more ways to save energy and improve comfort.