More than half of home energy use goes to space cooling and heating. Here are a few tips to maximize your home’s cooling system while saving money and energy.
- Install a whole-house ventilating fan in your attic or in an upstairs window to help air circulate in your home. Although not a replacement for a central air conditioning system, a fan is an effective way to stay comfortable on milder days. Remember to cover and insulate it during the winter to prevent heat loss.
- Don’t set your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn your air conditioner on. It will not cool faster, but it will cool to a lower temperature than you need and use more energy.
- Consider using a ceiling fan with your window air conditioner to spread the cooled air to other rooms. But be sure the air conditioner is large enough to help cool the additional space.
- Keep lamps or television sets away from the thermostat. Heat from these appliances is sensed by the thermostat and could cause your system to run longer than necessary.
- Keep lights low or off when not needed. Electric lights generate heat and add to the load on your air conditioner.
- Plant shade trees strategically around your home. Properly selected and planted shade trees can save up to $80 annually on the average electric bill.
- Use window or whole house ventilating fans to cool your home.
- Use vents and exhaust fans to pull heat and moisture from the attic, kitchen, bath and laundry directly to the outside, if you don’t have air conditioning.
- Enroll in Energy Wise Rewards to take more control over your energy usage and save money on energy costs.
You can also read our “Helpful Ways to Save” brochure for more tips on saving money and energy.