Beating The Heat - Tips to Keeping Your Home Cool
While we all look forward to the warmer temperatures of summer months at Lake of the Ozarks, the higher energy bills are not as welcomed. Whether you're cranking the air conditioner down or the kids are running in and out of the house, implementing a few of the energy saving tips below will help you beat the heat and hopefully save a few dollars on your energy bill.
*These energy saving tips were adapted from the Department of Energy's Energy Savers Consumer Tips website.
Use Air Conditioning and Fans Wisely
- Do not set your thermostat lower than normal when you first turn it on. This will not cool your home quicker and it could result in higher cooling bills.
- Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible. The greater the difference between your home temperature and the outdoor temperature, the greater your cooling bill.
- If possible, program your thermostat to adjust your thermostat when you will not be at home.
- Utilize Fans to distribute the cool air more efficiently.
- Close your curtains on the south and west facing windows during the day.
- Use white window shades or blinds to reflect heat away from your home.
- Install caulking and weather stripping around windows to keep cool air inside.
- Check your air conditioning ducts and add insulation to those located in warmer spaces like your attic, crawl spaces or garages.
- Hire a professional to repair holes or separated joints in your air conditioning ducts.
- If you have an older air conditioner, consider replacing it with a new energy efficient model. Some of the newer models will save you up to 50% on your cooling bills. Look for the ENERGY STAR®