5 Tips for Staying Cool without High Energy Costs
Almost half a home’s summer energy bill goes to cooling costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. You don’t have to swelter and sweat just to save money on your energy bill. You can reduce energy costs and keep cool by following several easy tips.
Use a programmable thermostat
A programmable thermostat can save the average home about $100 annually in energy costs. A basic programmable thermostat has pre-programmed settings, allowing the air conditioning to run less when you’re not at home or overnight. Consider the Honeywell 5/2 Day Deluxe Programmable Thermostat to help your home stay cool without high energy costs. This electric thermostat features Smart Response technology and an easy-to-read backlit display screen.
Run ceiling and ventilation fans
Home energy saving tips from the Department of Energy (DOE) include running a ceiling fan along with the air conditioning. If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4 degrees Fahrenheit with little or no reduction in comfort, according to the DOE. If the thermostat normally is set at 68 degrees Fahrenheit, set it for 72 degrees Fahrenheit and run a ceiling fan. Note that a room needs to have at least 8-foot ceilings to accommodate a ceiling fan safely.
When taking a shower, run the bathroom’s ventilation fan to reduce the amount of humid, hot air the shower creates. You’ll feel cooler, and the heat and humidity from the shower won’t escape into adjacent rooms.
Mini blinds for ventilation plus sun block
Slatted window blinds offer light control and ventilation during the warmer seasons of the year. When closed on a sunny day, mini blinds help reduce heat intrusion. In the evening after the sun has set, the blinds offer privacy while allowing you to open the window and cool off the house naturally with the cooler evening air. Consider Levolor® blinds in either corded or cordless styles. Levolor 1-inch aluminum blinds are available in dozens of colors to match any room’s décor.
Using the oven and stovetop adds heat into your home. The more heat added, the harder the air-conditioning unit has to work. Instead of turning up the heat in the kitchen, fire up the grill outdoors. Delectable grilled meats paired with chilled salads are ideal on a hot evening. Craving kabobs over rice? You can boil the water and cook rice outdoors on a grill that features a side burner like the Kenmore 4-burner LP red gas grill. It features electric ignition and a 13,000 BTU side burner to cook all your favorite side dishes.
Don’t pay to cool the outdoors. Sealing leaks by caulking around windows and doors keeps hot air out and cooled air in — reducing energy consumption and saving money. If your home has a forced-air system, have it inspected to make sure the duct system doesn’t contain cracks or have leaks at connections. Twenty percent of the air that moves through your ductwork can be lost because of leaks.