- Reserve heat-generating activities such as cooking, washing or drying clothes, and running the dishwasher until late evening or early morning, when it is cooler outside.
- Install mini-blinds or solar film on your windows to cut down on the heat from the sun.
- Switch over to compact fluorescent light bulbs – not only do they use less energy, but they produce very little heat.
- Set the thermostat a few degrees higher – most people can be comfortable with a setting of 78-80 degrees Fahrenheit; plus, you’ll save 7 to 10 percent of your cooling costs for each degree above 78!
- Try using a ceiling fan or portable fan to supplement your air conditioning. A fan can make you feel three to four degrees cooler and only costs pennies per hour to operate.
Has your energy bill got you hot under the collar? The best way to reduce your air conditioning bills this summer is to reduce heat in your home.