Reduce Cooling Costs

Friday, June 01, 2007
By Abbey Khan

The temperature may be rising this summer, but that doesn’t mean your energy bill has to. Here are some tips on how to keep cool and cut costs.

Install a programmable thermostat. You can adjust the temperature of your home by time of day and cut your bill by 15%. These thermostats only cost $100-$150, and you’ll save money all year round.


Maintain your air conditioner. Clean or replace your air conditioner monthly to help it run more efficiently. Make sure to add refrigerant if needed, otherwise too little refrigerant can add 20-40% to your energy bill.


Buy an air-conditioner with the Energy Star label to save energy and money. If your central air-conditioning unit is more than 10 years old, replace it with an Energy Star-rated model and save almost 40%.


Keep cool by simply drawing the shades during the day. You can even install window awnings to block sunlight.


Try using a ceiling fan instead of the air conditioner. This will drastically cut energy bills by as much as 40%. Also, don’t forget to turn the fan off when no one is in the room. If ceiling fans aren’t for you, then consider purchasing regular fans to cut costs.


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