Summer temperatures bring more recreational opportunities –– but also the potential for higher energy bills. Here are some tips for keeping your “cool” without breaking the bank.
Use Your Windows
If you live in a climate where it cools off at night, skip the A/C and open your windows while sleeping. When you wake in the morning, shut the windows and blinds to capture the cool air.
Operate Your Thermostat Efficiently
· Keep your house warmer than normal when you're away, and lower the thermostat setting to 78°F (26°C) only when you're at home and need cooling. A programmable thermostat can make it even easy to set back your temperature.
· Avoid setting your thermostat to a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and unnecessary expense.
Fan and Ventilation Strategies
· If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting by about 4°F with no reduction in comfort.
· Turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room. Remember that fans cool people, not rooms, by creating a wind chill effect.
· When you shower or take a bath, use the bathroom fan to remove the heat and humidity from your home. Your laundry room might also benefit from spot ventilation. Make sure bathroom and kitchen fans are vented to the outside (not just to the attic).
Keep Your Cooling System Running Efficiently
· Schedule regular maintenance for your cooling equipment.
· Learn about operating and maintaining your air conditioner, evaporative cooler, or heat pump.
· Avoid placing lamps or TV sets near your room air-conditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
· On hot days, avoid using the oven — cook on the stove, use a microwave oven, or grill outside.
Visit energy.gov for more energy saving tips.