As the the outdoor temperature rises, take proactive measures to reduce your cooling bill. Whether you rent or own, try these free and low cost tips. It will keep those high energy bills at a minimum this summer and save you money.
1. Use a ceiling fan or other circulating fan in an occupied room. The cooling effect of constant increased air movement of the indoor conditioned air can allow you to set your thermostat 3-5 degrees higher, saving you money.
2. Use a programmable thermostat to increase the indoor temperature when you’re out and or at peak outdoor temperature periods,and decrease temperature in the cooler late evening and overnight hours.
3. Maintain your cooling system.Its not enough to use an energy-efficient Central AC system with a programmable thermostat. If you donʼt properly care for your equipment and itʼs components , it wonʼt reduce your cooling costs.Monitor your air filters , clean and or replace per manufacturers recommendations. Having your equipment inspected and cleaned at least once annually by a licensed AC professional is a wise investment. Both of these actions will increase your indoor comfort, prevent untimely breakdowns and extend the life of your system. The minimal investment will be easily recovered by energy savings.
4. Avoid internal heat build up during the day. Whenever the outdoor temperature exceeds 85 degrees, limit activities that generate a lot of heat, such as cooking on the stovetop,oven and use of dishwasher. Save these activities until at least 2 hours before sunset when temperatures decrease.
5. Close curtains, blinds and shades,”especially the west exposed windows”. Keep them down as much as possible. The use of reflective and light color material will minimize energy robbing solar heat gain into into your home.