It’s hard to keep your cool when the electric bill comes in the summer. Running the air conditioner every day can really take a bite out of your extra cash. Here are some tips to help keep your home cool and save money.
Close your blinds. A lot of heat comes through windows when the sun beats down on them. You can lower the temperature in your home by keeping the blinds closed, especially for south- and west-facing windows.
Let the night be your air conditioner. Open your windows at night – but only if it’s safe to do so. That is, if your bedroom windows are on the second or third floor, you may choose to let fresh, cool air in at night. You can even create a cross breeze with fans. In the morning, before the sun is hot, close your windows and seal in the cool. Cool the whole house by opening some more windows while the cool air is flowing in the morning. Never leave windows open when you are not home and never leave windows that will attract burglars to easy access open when you are sleeping.
Grill out. Rather than using your oven or stove, cook outdoors or eat light. The last thing you want to do is turn your home into an oven of its own by cranking the appliance up to 400 degrees.
Change your ceiling fans to rotate counter clockwise. Did you prep your house for winter and turn the fans on to clockwise? It’s time to turn the fans back again. By setting them counter clockwise and running them at a higher speed, you’ll create breeze that feels cooler. Save more money by turning your fans off when you leave the room. Fans don’t cool the room; they cool the people in the room. A fan that runs when no one is around provides no value.
Close some doors. If you have rooms you don’t use, closing the doors keeps the cool air from being wasted in those rooms. BUT remember to open those doors when you’re letting the evening air cool the house.
Get new light bulbs. Incandescent bulbs burn more heat than the newer energy efficient bulbs. All you have to do is walk near a lamp when the light bulb is on to feel the heat.
Run the dishwasher and do laundry at night or early in the morning. These appliances generate heat. Keep the house cooler by running them during cooler hours.
Grow some trees. If you’re in your home to stay, plant some shade producing trees near the house. It’ll be a while to get the best benefits, but soon, you’ll have some nice, natural shade.
And if you’re going to run your air conditioning, get it checked out by a professional. You want to make sure it’s running efficiently and safely.
Remember: when you’re a homeowner, it’s important to keep your cool without breaking the bank.