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As Summer Temps Heat Up — Cool Your Bill

With summer temperatures heating up and air conditioning use rising, you just might be looking for ways to cut some costs out of your electricity bill.

Walk the Home

Many homes lose energy through drafty windows and doors as cracks and holes allow air to escape. So, according to U.S. News and World Report, the first task a homeowner should complete is walking through the house to look for areas where air may be escaping. Plugging up small cracks and holes is an easy task, and individuals can find caulk at local home improvement stores. This is especially important for homeowners who install window-unit air conditioners, because if they are not fitted to the window properly, air can easily escape.

Individuals can also save significantly by making sure their home is properly insulated. Adequate insulation keeps cool air in the home during the summer months and it has the same effect on heat during the winter.

In addition, keeping air filters clean can have a large impact on energy bills. Dirty air filters can get clogged and make it more difficult for cool air to escape. As a result, it may take longer to cool a home and homeowners will be forced to run their air conditioning units longer each day. Netherlands Even hosing down the actual A/C unit (when the fan is off) is very helpful and should be done once per year.  This should increase the unit’s efficiency.

Other small actions, such as unplugging items that are not in use and keeping the shades drawn can help reduce energy bills.

Invest in Upgrades

Look at getting rid of an older thermostat in favor of one that is programmable. Individuals can let their thermostat naturally run at a higher temperature during the day when nobody is home and then lower it just before the end of the workday so they are not wasting energy throughout the day (and cooling an empty home).

In addition, upgrading older air conditioning units to more energy-efficient models can save homeowners money on their bills without sacrificing quality. The same is true for major appliances, including refrigerators, washers and dryers. Lastly, tossing old light bulbs for compact fluorescents will generate less heat and save homeowners money on utilities.



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