Does the thought of paying for summer cooling make you shiver? While it is time to crank up the air conditioning, you don’t need to worry about cranking out your wallet. The truth is, with a little planning and care, you can in fact save money on summer cooling costs. Take a look below at 7 ways to save on summer cooling costs and get your home comfortable for less.
1. Plant trees.
While it might not make a difference immediately, planting trees can help shade your property and keep your home cooler. The shade will cool the house naturally, causing the air conditioner to run less. Consider adding trees to your property and see what a difference it makes.
2. Get a timed/programmable thermostat.
When you invest in a timed or programmable thermostat, you can set the air conditioner to run less when you aren’t home, are on vacation, etc. You can also set it to the desired temperature and place a hold on it, so it doesn’t run unless specifically programmed to. This can save you big bucks in the long run!
3. Check for leaks.
Check your windows for any breakage or leaks where warm air may be coming in and cold air is going out. Seal these cracks and leaks with caulk or opt for window repairs. You can also check under doors to see if air can slip out. If so, place a draft block at the area.
4. Use your curtains.
Keeping your curtains closed during the morning and early afternoon hours can help keep the temperature of the house down. The curtains will work at blocking the sun and instead offer shade and cooler temperatures.
5. Keep lights off.
Using overhead lighting or high wattage bulbs in the summer months can in fact add some heat to your home. Instead, opt for natural lighting and skip using any energy you don’t have to. If you are using lights or lamps, opt for low energy bulbs.
6. Use fans.
An energy efficient fan will always cost you less than running the air. Use fans wherever possible to help circulate the cool air or to cool you off directly. If you are the only one home, using a fan to keep your space cool is always better than cooling the entire house.
7. Service your air conditioner.
Always start off the season by servicing your air conditioner and making sure it is running to its fullest potential. A clean, well running air conditioner will run more efficiently and is sure to save you stress as well as cash.
See how simple it can be to keep your home cool for less? Give these tips a try and you can be enjoying a cooler yet more budget friendly home in no time.
Do you have any tips to add?