Warm months can cause your home cooling costs to spike. To keep them lower, use these frugal tips on How to Save Money on Cooling Your Home.
I come from the north, so my most expensive time of year for energy costs is the winter. However, in many parts of the country summer is also brutal. No matter where you live, the cost of cooling your home can quickly be expensive. If you are looking for the best ways to save, here are my tips on How to Save Money on Cooling Your Home.
How to Save Money on Cooling your Home
Buy a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats can help you save money on cooling your home by allowing you to choose when your AC comes on so it isn’t running all day when no one is there. It can often be useful if nobody’s home most of the day, but it can save you even if you are home from keeping it cranked when it’s not necessary. Check with your cable company if they offer one. Many do now with their security systems.
Make sure you change out air filters regularly. Many people don’t realize the importance of changing out air filters in their systems. This is important to stay on top of though, because having dirty filters can mean that your AC has to work harder to push air through and this leads to higher bills. You also may find that you have more allergens in your home, too.
Keep the shades drawn in the mornings and the windows open at night. One of the best ways to keep your home cool without running up your bill is to use nature. At night, let a cross-breeze develop to blow out all the hot air from the previous day and as soon as you wake up in the morning, close all the windows and shades and keep them this way until evening when you open them up after the sun goes down.
Utilize fans whenever you can. Fans are much less expensive to run than the AC. Use them in rooms and to create a cross-breeze from the AC to assist it in cooling your whole home. If you won’t be in rooms, close doors so your AC isn’t working to cool them.
Do an energy audit and seal up any leaks you have. You can hire someone or do this yourself, but it’s a great way to see where you may have leaks in your windows or anywhere else in your home. One simple way to do it yourself is to bring a candle near a closed window. Light it and then blow it out. If, after the smoke settles from your blowing it out, you see it going towards the window instead of straight up, you may have a leak there.