Saving energy during the hot Texas summer is easier said than done. However, with a little effort and sometimes a small investment, you can save big. Here are eight effective ways to reduce cooling costs by 20 to 50 percent this summer.
- Run the fan: The breeze created by a ceiling fan makes you feel about 4 degrees cooler. This means you can set the thermostat to 79 degrees and feel as though its 75 degrees without actually paying to cool down your house this much.
- Reduce appliance-generated heat: Interior heat gain makes your air conditioner work harder. Reduce cooling costs by waiting until night to run the dishwasher or bake with the oven. Use the microwave or outdoor grill whenever possible during the summer.
- Run the exhaust fan in the bathroom and kitchen: This removes heat and humidity while showering or cooking. Turn off the fans when not needed to prevent depressurizing the home.
- Put up window coverings: Not only do curtains improve a room’s décor, but they also block solar heat gain. Draw the curtains on south-facing windows to reflect heat back outside.
- Install a programmable thermostat: This device allows for automatic setback periods while you’re away or asleep.
- Add insulation: Check the attic for adequate insulation. If you can see the rafters poking through the existing layer, you could benefit from adding more.
- Seal and insulate the ductwork: Leaky ducts waste an average of 30 percent of the air passing through them. Lower this amount by hiring a professional to seal and insulate exposed sections of ductwork.
- Upgrade to an Energy Star-qualified air conditioner: If this is the year for a replacement, look for high efficiency model that performs up to 15 percent more efficiently than standard models.
For more tips to reduce cooling costs this summer, please contact Amarillo Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving the Amarillo area for more than 50 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Amarillo, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about reducing cooling costs and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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