Save on Your Energy Bill This Summer with These Tips

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Save money on air conditioning this summer. These tips will help you pay less to cool your house this summer.

Leave the Thermostat Alone
Many people are good about leaving the air conditioner at the recommended 78 degrees. Some go a step further and set the temperature higher when no one's home. But don't lower the temperature below 78 to cool the house down faster. The air conditioner cools at the same rate no matter where it's set. Adjusting the temperature to 70 degrees will not help your house get to 78 degrees any faster than leaving it at 78.

Keep the Curtains Closed
Natural light can help reduce your lighting costs, but when no one is in a room, it's best to keep the curtains closed during the day. It is especially true for houses with windows facing east and west. Keeping direct sunlight from entering the house helps reduce the amount of work your air conditioner has to do. To maximize cooling, open the drapes, blinds or curtains in the evening to allow heat to escape through the windows.

Turn on a Fan
In more temperate climates, you can turn the air conditioner off at night and let ceiling or floor fans provide do all the work. The energy used by fans is far less than that of air conditioners.

If you live in a warmer climate, fans can still provide a comfortable breeze at night and may allow you to set the air conditioner above 78 degrees saving a great deal of energy. Fans can also help move cool air around the house to ease the workload of the air conditioner.

Get Rid of Hot Air
Use an exhaust fan when cooking to help expel hot air from the house. If you don't have an exhaust fan, cool the room by using a floor fan in the kitchen while cooking. Fans not only cool the air, but they also help move hot air out of the kitchen.

Save Chores for the Right Time
While cooking can heat up a room, so can running the dishwasher and clothes dryer. These tasks are better left for the evening hours or, better yet, when no one is home.