The sizzling, sultry summer days are upon us, which means many of us will be cranking up the AC and doing everything we can to stay cool. Unfortunately, our energy bills are likely to sky rocket as well! According to the U.S. Department of Energy (D.O.E), heating and cooling accounts for more than half of the energy use in the typical U.S. home. How can you save money on cooling costs this summer without being completely uncomfortable and melting? We’ve got 5 quick tips!
1. Shade Your Windows.
Did you know that shading your windows with solar screens can intercept up to 70% of solar energy before it even gets into the house? You can also shade your windows with window films. Window films are transparent metal sheets that reflect heat before it transmits through the glass!
2. Keep Your Air Conditioning Filter Clean.
When using your air conditioner regularly, it’s a good idea to change the filter once a month. If the filter is dirty, your air conditioning unit will have to work harder to cool down the house, wasting energy as a result. Changing your filter will also improve your indoor air quality!
3. Go Green and Increase the Shade Around Your Home.
A lot of the heat that warms up your house comes from direct sunlight. You can block direct sunlight by planting trees and wide leafy plants around the exterior of your house. In addition, if you have shrubs or trees shading your air conditioning unit, your air conditioning efficiency can increase up to 10%!
4. Eat cool food.
We aren’t talking about cool as in trendy… believe it or not, our internal body temperatures remain lower when we consume foods that are cooler. On top of that, cooler foods require little to no cooking, which will minimize heat and energy use in your home.
5. Keep your windows shut during the day.
Keep the heat out of your home by shutting your windows and blinds during the day. Many people love opening their windows so they can air out the house, thinking that warm air will flush to the outside while fans are on, but opened windows actually invite the warm air from the outside to circulate into the house. If you are lucky enough to live in an area where the air temperature drops significantly during the night, make sure you reopen your windows to let the cooler air in!
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