Heating and cooling can be the most expensive factor of your monthly utility bills, especially in the summer. Here are some tips that will help cut your summer energy costs while still keeping your home cool.
First, plug up holes and seal cracks using foam, caulking and extra insulation. Leaks and holes allow cool air to escape, so you’ll have to run your system longer to make your home comfortable.
Natural light is wonderful, but the heat from the sun will also keep your home from cooling down. Keep your shades closed when you’re not using the room to prevent the sun from neutralizing the air conditioner’s efforts.
Next, clean your air filters around once a month or replace them as needed for optimal savings on your energy bill. To clean them, simply run them under water and air dry before placing them back inside the unit.
Consider purchasing a programmable thermostat, which is a relatively inexpensive investment. This device works on a schedule, adjusting the temperature according to your preferences, the time of day and the day of the week. By allowing the temperature to increase when you're away, you can expect to save up to 30 percent on your energy bills annually.
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