Want to use less energy this summer and save some cash?
Of course you do.
The following list will help you keep your electric bills a little more manageable.
Here’s what we recommend.
Close the Curtains
- During the day, close drapes, curtains, and blinds on your hous
- If you can eliminate a little sunshine entering your home, it will help keep your house a bit cooler
Install awnings on the windows on the sunny side of your house
Installing awnings on the sunny side of your house will help to keep your home cooler
Caulk up air leaks
- Look for leaks around windows, and places where utilities come into your home (plumbing, electricity, dryer vents)
- Weatherstrip around drafty windows and doors
Darker is cooler
- The darker the color of your house, the more heat it will absorb, so if you’re building, buying, or considering repainting, choose lighter colors for the exterior
Ventilate your attic
- Make sure your attic is properly ventilated as vents in the eaves allows cooler air to enter
- A ridge vent or an attic fan can significantly reduce your cooling costs
Minimal heat inside
- Any heat that’s generated inside your home has to be removed by your cooling system, so try to avoid baking and grill outside instead
- Keep lights off in rooms that you aren’t using
- Use the air dry setting on your dishwasher
- Keep basement doors shut as to not let cool air fall to the basement, a level of the house you may not be using
- Leave computers and anything else that generates heat off when not in use
- Make sure the cooled air coming from your air conditioning vents is not obstructed by furniture.
Now you know what you can do to keep your home cool, and save some cash, what’s stopping you?