10 Ways to Cut Cooling Costs

Ceiling Fan blowing cool airCutting Summer Cooling Costs

With the hot summer days upon us, it’s a good idea to review your home cooling cost situation. Seniors and others on a fixed budget will benefit from these easy and practical money-saving tips on cutting your cooling costs.

  • 1. Use a programmable thermostat. No one needs to keep their home cooled to a comfortable temperature when they’re not home. A programmable thermostat will automatically cool the home to the times you program it.
  • 2. Maintain your air conditioner each year; a good tune-up and cleaning will work wonders for keeping your A/C efficient
  • 3. Close window curtains or pull shades when direct sun hits
  • 4. Plant trees around your home for shade
  • 5. Replace the A/C filter each month to help your unit run more efficiently
  • 6. Close the fireplace damper, if you have one
  • 7. Use fans to help circulate the air and evaporate sweat from the skin
  • 8. Avoid using the oven during the summer; use the microwave instead
  • 9. Limit the use of your clothes dryer to the evening when it’s cooler; opt for line-drying if possible
  • 10. Install an attic fan which will pull cooler air into your attic