In this post, we give you some simple cooling tips to help you save money on your energy bills this summer.
1. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, buy one. The savings tally to nearly $200.00 a year. This way, when you are out of the house, on vacation or sleeping, you can set your ‘stat to “Save.”
2. Search your house for leaky ducts. The majority of homes lose about 20% of their cooling energy through leaky ducts.
3. Seal off any ducts to unconditioned areas, and insulate rooms like the garage, attic or cellar. (Families with larger homes and empty nesters consider not cooling the wing of the house no one ever goes into.)
4. It may be time for an AC upgrade. Get a qualified professional to inspect your system. Look for models that have the EPA’s Energy Star and replace filters at least every three months.
5. Replace those old-fashioned, round light bulbs. The Energy Star fluorescent light bulbs use two-thirds less energy and generate less heat than those dinosaur incandescent bulbs.
6. Turn off all appliances and lights when not in use. Coffee makers and toaster ovens don’t need to be plugged in all day.
7. Make sure your fan is spinning clockwise. This will create a wind-chill effect. Turn your ceiling fan off when you exit the room. Fans cool people, not rooms.
Bonus: This summer, wear skimpier clothing, keep yourself hydrated and take cooler showers. Plant shade trees around your house and learn how to best ventilate your house.
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