It sure is hot out there, and as much as you like to save money, you are in no mood to perspire like that inside. So you plan on turning your air conditioning on as soon as you open the door, regardless of the cost.
At the same time, you’ll be happy to know, there are some smart and easy ways to conserve energy while still cooling your house efficiently and effectively this summer. Read on to learn how.
Go Easy on the Thermostat
We know you’re hot, but avoid the temptation to spike the temperature on your thermostat dramatically lower when you come in from the heat, or ever. It is precisely these spikes that drive your energy bill through the roof. Instead, find the highest temperature you can tolerate when you’re inside, and then keep it steady while you’re in the house. When you leave, raise the temperature on the thermostat so it does not turn on while you are gone.
Use Fans and Natural Ventilation
If you live in a part of the country that cools off at night, take advantage of it. That means turning off your air conditioner, opening your windows and turning your fans on. Then, when you wake up in the morning, close the windows to lock the natural coolness in and turn your air conditioner on to your arrived-at temperature.
Keep Your Unit Running Smooth
If you have central air conditioning, clean around your unit and keep it free of debris that can clog it and cause it to operate less efficiently. Also, schedule regular maintenance appointments to keep its insides healthy and clean, too. Even if your apartment or home relies on a window or wall unit, clean it regularly to rid it of dust and allergens that can slow it down. In addition, replace its filter seasonally.
Sideline Appliances and Lights
Avoid turning on the oven on particularly hot days and opt to cook outside, in a microwave or on the stove top to prevent heating up your living space. In addition, avoid placing appliances or lights close to your thermometer, as it could pick up their heat and artificially trigger your air conditioning to turn on.
Seal the Weak Spots in Your Home
Finally, seal the cracks around doors and windows to keep the heat outside and the cool inside.
You’ll find that just taking these simple steps will do wonders to help keep your bills low and your home cool this summer.