5 Easy Ways to Cool Down Your Energy Bill This Summer
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The last thing you want to think about when it’s hot outside is your energy bill. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can reduce your cooling costs this summer and save money in the long run. With the heatwave sweeping across much of the northern hemisphere, many of us have been reaching for the air conditioning to keep cool. But keeping the house at a sweating 25 degrees all day isn't cheap. Aside from buying an oversized hat, what can we do to keep our energy bills down? Read on for five easy ways to lower your cooling costs this summer.
Turn the A/C down a few notches
The first thing any energy-conscious homeowner should do is turn down the thermostat. Most of us have a tendency to set our air conditioners at the same temperature all year round. If you’re not using your air conditioner much in the winter, that’s fine, but in the summer, you’re just throwing money out the window. Lower your thermostat by a few degrees and you’ll save significantly on cooling costs. If you plan on staying home during the day, you can also use a programmable thermostat to lower your air conditioning by 10-15 degrees during times when you’re not at home. You’ll be amazed at how much energy you can save by doing this.
Install ceiling fans
If you have high ceilings in your home, you’re definitely going to have to rely on your air conditioning to keep you cool during the summer. But if you’re trying to save as much money as possible, you should look into installing ceiling fans. Ceiling fans circulate air in the room, so you don’t need to keep your thermostat as high to keep cool. In fact, if you install a few ceiling fans in rooms where people spend most of their time, you can reduce your A/C usage by up to 10%. Ceiling fans are relatively cheap to install, and they will pay for themselves in the amount of money you’ll save on your cooling bill.
Give your house a quick wipe-down
If you’ve lived in your house for a few years, there’s a good chance you have some dust and grime built up. The dust on your walls, furniture and other surfaces will trap heat inside your home, which will make you use more energy to cool down. Let’s be real – no one has the time or energy to thoroughly clean their house every few days. But you can do a quick wipe-down of the main surfaces that usually collect dust. You might not see a huge difference in your energy usage, but every bit counts. You might also help prevent the growth of mold and other harmful organisms that can make you sick.
Replace old windows
Old, leaky windows are one of the leading causes of energy loss in a home. If you’ve had your windows for a few years, you might want to consider replacing them with newer, more energy-efficient windows. If you’ve got a shoddy set of windows, you’re probably using a lot more energy than you need to. With newer windows, you can reduce your cooling costs by up to 30%. When calculating how much it will cost to replace your windows, make sure to factor in the potential energy savings.
Install solar panels
If you’ve got a big enough roof, you might be able to install solar panels to generate your own electricity. Solar panels cost a lot upfront but will pay for themselves within a few years if you have an average energy bill. You’ll likely end up saving thousands of dollars in the long run. If you have the space and the budget, solar panels are a great way to keep your energy costs low.
A hot summer day can be torturous, but it doesn’t have to be your wallet that suffers. By following these easy tips, you can keep your energy costs low while staying comfortable during the extreme temperatures. You don’t have to suffer from high energy bills this summer. Follow these tips to lower your cooling costs and keep your wallet happy and healthy.