Did you know that simply keeping your curtains or blinds closed will reduce your energy costs? Keeping window coverings closed this summer as outdoor temperatures rise will reduce the amount of solar heat gain in your home! Did you know that if you air conditioning unit is old and out-of-date, upgrading to a newer energy-efficient model will reduce your cooling bills by up to 50%?
Details on these tips and more can be found on the U.S. Department of Energy’s website.
Other energy and money-saving tips include:
- Install insulation and seal any air leaks.
- Plant a tree to shade your A/C unit – this will use as much as 10% less electricity in home cooling.
- Move appliances, such as T.V.s or lamps, away from your thermostat to prevent heat from these items causing your air conditioner to run for longer periods unnecessarily.
- An interior fan used along with your A/C will use cooler air more effectively throughout your home.