Easy Ways to Lower Your Cooling Bills, Part I

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The dog days of summer are here, but you can still stay cool and save energy by implementing some quick and easy fixes.  Of course, if you want to go the extra mile and make your home even more efficient, you can do such things as insulating your attic and replacing old hvac equipment with new Energy Star-rated models.

I’ve compiled a list of things to do ranging from easy & inexpensive, to higher investment actions, and everything in between.  Here, Part I will focus on the quick and easy fixes, some of which cost nothing to do!

  • Block the heat of the sun from entering south- and west-facing rooms by keeping drapes (especially thermal or insulated ones) closed during the day.
  • Turn on the ceiling fans and make sure air is flowing downward in summer.   Energy Star-rated ceiling fans use only a small amount of energy (much less than an air conditioner).  Be sure to keep a window open a bit.
  • Window fans can bring in cooler air at night or in the early morning hours, plus they use little energy.
  • If you use central air conditioning, turn up the temperature to 78 degrees (or higher).  Doing this will still eliminate the humidity in your home and keep it cool & comfortable, while costing less to run.
  • Change your HVAC filters when dirty, or within 3 months, to keep your system operating efficiently.
  • Close the storm windows when you have the A/C on if you have older, less efficient windows.
  • Change out hot incandescent or halogen light bulbs to compact fluorescents or LED lighting.  They burn cooler and use MUCH less energy.

photo courtesy of theromanticvinyard.com

Tag(s): Energy, Greening the Home, Money Saving

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