The biggest times of the year that you will see a spike in your home energy costs is in the winter and the summer. Having winter behind us in many areas of the nation, summer time is right around the corner — meaning heat, sweat and money draining. However, there are a number of ways you can keep your home cool and save the money in your wallet. Here are a few home cooling tips to give you the upper hand in the battle between energy bills versus summer heat.
Contact Your Energy Company
This should be the first thing you do in trying to save on your home energy costs, as most energy companies offer various discounts through programs. Some companies will even offer to have a representative come out and show you ways to save. These representatives will even go as far as to check your home heating and cooling system and offer ways for you to make improvements. You’d be surprise what savings you can achieve just by picking up the phone — along with a bit of patience, of course!
Set the Thermostat to 78
If it feels comfortable in the house and the humidity is low, keep your thermostat set to 78 as the minimum temperature on your ‘cool’ setting. If you lower the temperature on the thermostat to cool down your home faster, you are making your air conditioner run longer and not necessarily cooler. Moreover, it is actually less cost-affective to intermittently turn your system on and off as a means of regulating your home’s temperature. It makes your system work harder, which in turn, costs more.
Install Ceiling Fans
If you are really strapped for money, consider turning off the air conditioner altogether for the season and utilize ceiling fans to help circulate air around the house (and the heat away from you if you). If ceiling fans are not aleady installed in your home and you are not able to install them yourself, then you could look into purchasing portable fans and placing them around the house or in the room you are in.
Check For Leaks
Check window frames and door frames for areas where air may escape. You can purchase sweeps to go on the bottom of the doors that lead to the outside to ensure cooler air or heat (during the winter) stays inside the home.
Replacing Older Systems
As a worst case scenario, you may need to replace your air conditioning system. The best time to search for a new A/C and save on your purchase is before the coldest and hottest parts of the year. However, before making this purchase there are ways to extend the life of your system and these include:
- Make sure your system is serviced regularly.
- Change out your filter every month.
- Shade your air conditioner without restricting the flow of air. It has shown that when placed in full sun, the air conditioner will work harder to cool your home.
About the Author
Celeste Whitehead is an independent contractor, freelance writer and owner of the blog, Organic Mommy Today. When she’s not busy chasing after her two young children, you can find Celeste contributing to the CareOne Debt Relief Services blog, a community that provides debt consolidation and money-saving advice.