Want to stay cool without heating up your power bill?
Here are some tips from Bardi Heating, Cooling & Plumbing.
Turning down your thermostat ONE DEGREE can add 8% to your monthly cooling costs. If your thermostat is currently at 72, take a “Thermostat Challenge” and try bumping it up three degrees to 75 degrees for a month. See whether or not this simple change helps save you 35% of what you normally pay to cool your home.
Going on vacation? Turn up the thermostat from 78-85 degrees if no one is home for several days. Using ceiling fans to cool a room allows you to set the thermostat higher. No ceiling fan? Opt for an inexpensive room fan.
If one room seems to be warmer than the rest of the house, don’t keep lowering the AC. Instead, have the humidity tested. If it’s higher in that room, invest in a small room dehumidifier. Taking out humidity will allow the room to cool more easily. Then, use the captured water for your plants. Checking air ducts for leaks may also be an easy fix.
Plant a tree. Shade trees can help keep your home cooler in the summer. In fact, shade trees can reduce the need for air conditioning by 7%- 40%, according to research. Get the best results by planting trees to the west and southwest of your home. Deciduous plants work well in temperate zones because they block sunlight in summer, but let it in during chilly months. Spring and fall are the best times to plant.