We want to help you control your energy costs. Instead of reaching for the thermostat when it is hot and humid outside, take a conservative approach to staying cool and keeping costs down. The following summer energy savings tips will help you save money and energy.
- Remember that insulation and sealing air leaks can help improve your home's energy performance in the summer as well as the winter because they help you keep the cool air you have paid to cool inside your home.
- Plant trees or shrubs to shade air conditioning units but do not block the airflow. Place a room air conditioner on the north side of the house. A unit that operates in the shade uses less energy than one operating in the sun.
- Do not place lamps or electronic equipment, such as a TV set near your home's thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than it needs to.
- Use a fan even when your air conditioner is running so you can spread the cooled air more effectively throughout your home without having to adjust the thermostat.
- Adjust your home's thermostat up two degrees in the summer.
- Whole-house fans can help cool your home by pulling cool air through the house and exhausting warm air out through the attic. Whole-house fans are effective primarily when they are operated at night because that is typically when the outside air is cooler than the inside.
- Keep curtains, drapes and blinds closed during the hottest part of the day to prevent the sun's rays from heating your home.