Windows and window coverings
- When the temperature cools off, give your AC unit a break. Turn it off and open the windows.
- Keep your blinds or shades closed during the day to keep the hot sun from making your house warmer and causing your AC unit to work harder.
- Make sure there are no cracks or openings in your windows (and doors) that will let hot air in.
- Consider a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature and maximize energy savings while maximizing comfort. Many programmable thermostats can be controlled remotely through your phone or tablet.
- If you do not have a programmable thermostat, set it higher when you are away. Try also to set it higher when you are sleeping.
- Some areas of the home – like the basement – are naturally cooler. If you are going to be in a cooler area for an extended period, turn the thermostat higher.
- Ceiling fans can let you raise the temperature as much as 4° without reducing comfort.
- But turn them off when you leave the room. They cool people – not rooms.
- Attic fans can also reduce energy costs.
Appliances and Lighting
- Keep the lights turned off. Light produces heat, and drives up energy costs.
- Do not place lamps, televisions or other items near the thermostat. This will raise the thermostat’s temperature and cause the AC unit to run longer.
- Avoid using the oven and stove; use the microwave or grill outside.
- Install energy-efficient lights http://romitti.com/2017/05/benefits-of-led-lighting/.
- Wash only full loads of clothes or dishes. Let the dishes and clothes air dry.
- Turn off all appliances, computers, etc. when not in use.