Are you coming into a house that is hot in the summer? Did you know that turning the AC to a colder-than-normal setting won’t cool rooms any faster? It’s time take proactive measures to slash your cooling bill this summer. These 5 low-cost tips will ensure you won’t experience an over-priced energy bill this summer.
Use Ceiling Fans. A few years ago, I installed ceiling fans in every bedroom in my house. Ceiling fans can make you feel four degrees cooler via the wind-chill effect: A fan doesn’t cool a room, it just makes it more comfortable to be in. “Just remember to turn off the fan when no one’s enjoying it, otherwise, you waste electricity.
Set the Thermostat. Setting your AC as high as is comfortably possible and using a programmable thermostat to increase the temperature when you’re out, or asleep, could easily decrease your summer cooling bill by 10%! Now that some savings!
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Get a Checkup. It’s not enough to use an energy-efficient AC and install a programmable thermostat. If you don’t properly care for your equipment, it won’t reduce your cooling costs. Dirty AC filters block airflow and make units work harder to cool your home. Cleaning and/or replacing filters every three months will lower an AC’s energy consumption as much 15%. Be sure that floor vents aren’t blocked furniture.
Don’t Turn Up the Heat. So it’s about a zillion degrees outside — and someone always decided to cook! When the temperature outside exceeds the temperature inside try not using the stove. Not only is it a miserable feeling, but it’s also costing you a lot of money in cooling your home. It’s almost like running the fireplace while trying to cool the same room. Use the outdoor grill, microwave, air fryer, or just grab a salad. And if you must bathe during the heat of the day, use the bathroom exhaust fan to remove excess heat and humidity.
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Adjust Shades and Blinds. In the summer I turn my blinds in my home to keep the sun light out. I see significant savings in preventing solar heat gain by keeping them blocking out the sunlight. Consider insulated and/or reflective shades, which will also save you money come heating season.