While nature’s thermostat rises, so does the cost of keeping your home cool, especially if you use an air conditioner. I don’t know about you, but these days I’m trying to save as much money as I can.
From doing extreme couponing to reduce my grocery costs to whatever it takes to reduce my cooling bill, I’m on it!! Because I like to help others as well, I’ve gathered a few tips that have helped me around my house and wanted to share those with you!
Obviously, the best way to keep your home cool during the summer is to use an air conditioner to keep the temperature down. However, there are also other options you can try that won’t raise your utility bill significantly.
Internal Heat. The most common sources of internal heat gain is electronic devices, appliances, and lighting. These items can really add to the heat factor in your home! I try to avoid using my oven during the summertime as much as I can. Also, do not place lamps near your thermostat because this additional heat can cause your unit to run longer than it should. Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents. They produce the same light but use a fifth the energy and heat.
Ceiling Fans & Fans. Ceiling fans and portable fans are handy! Fans are also a great investment for the home and can make a room feel 6 or 7 degrees cooler. When air is circulating, a room feels cooler. Even the most power-hungry fan costs less than $10 a month to use if you keep it on for 12 hours a day. A good fan will allow you to set your thermostat higher to save you money. Generally fans don’t use a lot of energy.
Shades, drapes or blinds. I keep my blinds and curtains pulled during the day where the sun is shining. It makes a world of difference! Install white window shades, drapes, or blinds to reflect heat away from the house. Close blinds, shades and draperies facing the sun (east-facing windows in the morning and west-facing windows in the afternoon) to keep the sun’s heat out and help fans or air conditioners cool more efficiently.
Plants. It’s a great idea to plant trees and shrubs to shade your air conditioning unit, but please do not block airflow. Did you know a unit that operates in the shade uses less electricity? It’s true! Also, deciduous trees planted on the south and west sides will keep your house cool in the summer and allow the sunlight to warm the house during the winter. Great tip, right?
Anyway, I hope you were able to find this information helpful and find ways to save money for your family. Remember, if you can keep the heat out, your home will be a lot cooler. Thanks for reading!