Keep your cool with energy costs – you want that luxury boat to cruise the lakes of Muskoka / Lake Of Bays. One way too have all the toys is to make sure your energy costs stay down. Heating and cooling your Muskoka / Lake Of Bays cottage accounts for about 60% of your energy costs! We have come up with some tips and tricks to help you keep your costs down so you don’t lose your cool.
Keeping it cool with fans.
AMuskoka / Lake Of Bays cottage can look and feel great by installing ceiling fans and use them to supplement or even as an alternative to air conditioning – ceiling fans generally use very little electricity compared to A/C units. Make sure your fan is blowing downwards in the summer. Invest in a quality ceiling fan. Many of the low end types will wobble, or break easily. Make sure you have it properly installed by an electrician. Many ceiling fans include lights on them, which makes it a great idea for kitchens, bedrooms and above tables.
When the fans don’t cut it.
If you do want to run your air conditioning, make sure that it is clean and running efficiently. You can save money by having someone come each season to check your air conditioner, as inefficient air conditioning units will end up costing you much more than having someone check it. Also, having it checked regularly ensures that it will last longer, so you don’t have to replace it as often. If you’re not sure how to do it yourself, do not attempt to try! Make sure you hire a reputable company to perform any checks and upgrades to ensure that the job is done well. We supply a number of local air conditioning companies with quality parts, so ask if they support their local community by buying from community owned businesses.
Keeping it under control.
Install a programmable thermostat with a built-in timer. You can set it to lower the heat by a few degrees at night and when you’re away, or turn off the AC when you leave for the day. Contrary to popular belief, this method uses less electricity than having it AC constantly maintain a cool temperature! Your savings can easily pay for the cost of the thermostat in the first year by varying the temperature just a few degrees at night or when you’re away. Just think of the savings over 5 to 10 years. Try cooling your home to only 24 or 25 degrees C instead of the low 20’s. Each degree below 26 will noticeably increase your electricity use. We sell programmable thermostats! Come see us today for pricing and types available.
Many come with protective boxes, or if digital, a code to lock out those family members who are always playing with the temperature. This playing will end up costing you a lot, so encourage your family to find other ways to cool down.
General tips & tricks
– Check and change your filters and always make sure the equipment is kept clean.Turn off unnecessary lights in the house. These produce heat that works against the AC.
– For areas where people forget to turn off lights such as garages, try installing timers, motion sensors or even sound sensors.
– Switch to compact fluorescent in any light that is on for 5 or more hours indoors to reduce heat and energy costs as well. (A 15w fluorescent produces more light, less heat and lasts up to 10 times longer than a standard 60w bulb. )
– If you use standing fans, make sure they are energy efficient and kept clean.
– Keep blinds, shades and drapes closed during the hottest part of the day in the summer (And open south-facing blinds on sunny winter days!)
– For those who are dealing with menopause or find the temperature is never to their liking, you might want to invest in an indoor pool. Not only is it a good way to cool down, but it’s good exercise too.