Summer is finally here and with each passing day the temperature keeps rising. Due to this heat some people seek refuge indoors and the only relief one has to the hot temperatures outside is the cool temperature inside their homes. The question is how do you manage to keep that cool temperature inside without over exerting your air conditioner and increasing your monthly energy bills? Here are some helpful tips.
Fast and Free Energy Solutions
Turn up your thermostat. Set your thermostat up when you are away from home, at night and during peak times. Using ceiling or room fans allows you to set the thermostat higher because the air movement will cool the room.
Turn down your air conditioner. One-degree change can affect your cooling energy use from 3% to 5%.
Use your appliances wisely. Try to avoid running your appliances during peak hours, from 4pm to 6pm.
- Run exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom when cooking and/or showering, these activities add heat and moisture to the home.
- Do your laundry efficiently by using the warm or cold-water settings.
- Line dry clothes whenever possible.
- Run full loads in the dryer as well as in the dishwasher.
Eliminate wasted energy.
- Close blinds and drapes during the hottest part of the day to reflect sunlight and heat away from your home’s interior.
- Don’t let heat circulate. Close doors to rooms you aren’t using, this will avoid the need to cool them down with air conditioning.
- Aerate your space. If there’s a breeze outside open the windows slightly on either side of you home to allow the breeze to enter. This will enable you to turn off your fans, which are other big energy users.
- Turn off appliances, lights and equipment when not in use.
Inexpensive Energy Solutions
- Inspect your air conditioner filters and replace when needed.
- Change out incandescent lights to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). They reduce electric use for lighting which also reduces the heat produced.
- Choose Energy Star products when possible.
Install Energy Star windows. If your windows are due for replacement choose Energy Star windows such as Polar windows. They will make your house more comfortable and save on energy costs year round.
Install window shading. Install patio covers, awnings, and solar window screens to shade your home from the sun. You can also consider planting trees, shrubs and vines to shade your home.
Invest in other Energy Star products. If it’s time to replace large appliances such as your air conditioner or your refrigerator, look for the Energy Star model. This will ultimately save you on your monthly energy bills.