Hot Tips to Keep Cool.
TIPS FOR SAVING COLD HARD CASH THIS SUMMER.
- Set the indoor temperature on your air conditioner just a bit higher. For each degree you raise your thermostat, you save 1 – 3% on your monthly bill.
- You can save even more by installing a programmable thermostat. This allows you to use a timer to set your thermostat to a higher temperature while you’re away and reset it to a more comfortable temperature before you return home. Raising your home’s temperature by 10° during the workday can save 5 – 15% on your electricity bill.
- Dirty air conditioner filters can reduce airflow, lowering your system’s efficiency. Replacing or cleaning your filter monthly during the summer helps prevent this. You can even get your A/C fully tuned up through your utility’s Energy Efficiency Program.
- If you are looking into buying a new AC unit, consider buying one that is ENERGY STAR® certified. These are over 15% more efficient than conventional air conditioners.
- Use fans and natural ventilation whenever possible to reduce your need for air conditioning. Don’t forget that ceiling fans use a fraction of the electricity that AC units do.
- Try line drying your clothes instead of putting them in the dryer. The dryer uses large amounts of electricity and gives off heat.
- Keep your blinds, shades and windows closed during the day to keep sunlight from heating up the room. Use those exterior shutters New Orleans is so famous for!
- Cook outside! Take advantage of barbecue and grilling season and keep your kitchen cool.
- Remember that heat rises. If you spend more time downstairs, shutting doors to the upstairs can make a big difference in your electricity use.
- Using caulk or expanding foam to seal up cracks around doors and windows helps keep your cold air from escaping and lowers the amount of energy needed to keep your home cool.
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