According to Energy Star, thirteen percent of your home’s energy bill is spent on cooling. Wondering how you can keep those expenses from rising all while lowering the temperature this summer? Here are three easy ways to keep your home cool and comfortable.
1. Turn up your fan. Air conditioning eats up a ton of energy while it's running. Rather than lowering your air conditioning, turn up your fan instead. According to the Department of energy, using a fan to move the air around your home can make it feel a couple degrees cooler.
2. Do the little things. Close your curtains during the day, properly seal windows and doors, or turn off the oven. Reducing the sunlight that shines into your house during the day makes a big difference as does not allowing warm air to draft in from outside. Kitchen heat spreads to the rest of the house, so if possible do your baking in the evening.
3. Replace your thermostat. A programmable or smart thermostat can be used to optimize your heating and cooling throughout the whole year. Program your thermostat to use less heating or cooling while you’re at work or the kids are at school or when you’re sleeping. It can be a hassle to constantly adjust the thermostat manually, so let your thermostat do if for you. A smart thermostat does the same thing, but allows you to adjust the temperature while you’re away from home. Some even sense the temperature in different rooms and adjust the heating and cooling automatically.
When the weather gets hot in the summer the energy bill tends to skyrocket. The best solution is sometimes the most simple, so before your go breaking the bank try these tips. They may just keep you from breaking into a sweat when the next SaskPower letter comes.