We know that Georgia gets hot, hot, hot during the summer, but that doesn’t mean your energy costs should be too. Many new homes in Augusta offer more than just air conditioning as a way to keep cool during the warm summer months.
- Ceiling fans are commonly installed in bedrooms and other living areas. Make sure the doors open to keep the air flowing though. If you run a fan in an enclosed room, it doesn’t cool the room or your energy bill.
- Programmable thermostats can help you regulate your indoor temperature more efficiently. On average, homeowners can save around $180 a year by properly setting and maintaining their thermostats. Use a program that automatically reduces heating and cooling when you don’t need it as much.
- If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen. Ovens produce tons of heat that flows into your other living areas. During the summer, using a microwave is a much cooler and faster way to go. You can also enjoy the nice summer weather by firing up the grill on one of our patio areas.
- Increase your home’s energy efficiency by keeping your shades drawn and turning off unnecessary lights. You should even consider switching to Energy Star qualified light bulbs for even better results.
Even though the summer heat can be intense, Keystone builds all of our new homes with Thermostat radiant barrier roof sheathing, which can lower peak attic temperatures by up to 30 degrees. This can help your home stay cooler since less heat is transferred through the ceiling to the rest of your home. It can also increase your cooling system’s efficiency, saving you money over the long term.
Visit the Keystone Homes website to learn more about our beautiful new home communities in Augusta. At Keystone, we believe home ownership should be available to everyone. That’s why WE build more home for less!