Welcome to summer! Backyard barbecues, vacations and fun in the sun. As the temperature rises so do our electric bills. Here are some tips to save energy and money as you try to keep your home cool this summer.
- Shade your air conditioner’s compressor outside the house. (Be careful not to block the airflow.) This will keep it from working harder than it has to so it operates more efficiently. You could do this with a small section of fence or by planting a tree nearby.
- Have your air conditioner serviced annually. Your maintenance technician will make sure it is in tip-top shape every year.
- Use a programmable thermostat. If you do this, don’t set it more than six or eight degrees higher at night. This differential is will make your air conditioner work too hard to return to the desired temperature in the morning.
- Consider a whole-house fan. This will draw air from open windows and from around the house, move it through the house and out the roof. It removes the hot air and provides airflow that cools the temperature down.
- Use white blinds or window shades. The light color reflects the heat away from the house. The same is true for exterior paint.
- Avoid landscaping with cement or rock on the south and west sides of the house. This will radiate heat toward the house.
- Don’t use the dry cycle on the dishwasher.
- Turn off un-needed electronics.
- Lower the temperature on your hot water heater. We generally like slightly cooler showers in the summery anyway.
- Find more efficient ways to cook in the summer. Check out my blog on Energy Efficient Summer Cooking for suggestions.
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How do you keep your home cool in the summer heat?