Warmer weather is on the rise and cranking up your AC might already be tempting. It’s never too early to start preparing for ways to keep costs down this Summer, but you want to make sure you can stay comfortable without overheating your wallet. Stay cool without worrying about breaking the bank. Try these tips to help make your home more energy efficient!
Weatherproof/Seal windows and doors
Don’t let that cool air slip through the cracks (literally)! It’s possible that air could be seeping through into oblivillion or into spaces you don’t necessarily need cooled. Take some time to inspect your home for any leaks and seal, weather strip, and caulk what you can.
Use ceilings and pedestal fans
Keep your home easy and breezy by using ceiling and pedestal fans. Staying comfortable in the heat is greatly attributed to having adequate air circulation, fans create a wind chill effect that helps with staying cool. According to the Department of Energy, if you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4 degrees with no reduction in comfort.
Install a programmable thermostat
Purchasing a programmable or “smart” thermostat will allow you to maneuver the temperature while you’re away. Think about it, if you’re not home, why have the AC on the highest setting? If you have a fairly regular everyday schedule, it will be easy to set the temperature to warmer while you’re away, but start up again to have the optimal temperature once you get home.
Hang dry clothes when possible
Give your dryer a nice break and hang dry your clothes when possible. Alternatively, if you are frequently using your dryer run full loads only and make sure to remove lint buildup in the dryer filter after each use. You can also curb daytime use of your dryer and other large appliances, these oftentimes put out extra and unwanted heat.
Use shade to your advantage
Although very visually pleasing, blocking out the sun - especially during peak hours when the sun is at its hottest - can really make a difference in keeping your home cool. Use drapes and shades to keep the rays from heating your home. Closing curtains and blinds will also help keep your rooms cooler and your energy bill lower.