The EPA pulled together 7 tips to help keep you cool and your costs down during the summer months.
1. If you don't have a programmable thermostat, buy one. The savings tally to nearly $200.00 a year. This way, when you are out of the house, on vacation or sleeping, you can set your 'stat to "Save." (We are offering two different digital thermostat specials currently. See our specials page now.)
2. Search your house for leaky ducts. The majority of homes lose about 20% of their cooling energy through leaky ducts.
3. Seal off any ducts to unconditioned areas, and insulate rooms like the garage, attic or cellar. (Families with larger homes and empty nesters consider not cooling the wing of the house no one ever goes into.)
4. It may be time for an AC upgrade. Get a qualified professional to inspect your system. Look for models that have the EPA's Energy Star. (We are offering $300 off a complete Air Conditioning installation now. Call us for details.)
5. Replace those old-fashioned, round light bulbs. The Energy Star fluorescent light bulbs use two-thirds less energy and generates less heat than those dinosaur incandescent bulbs.
6. Turn off all appliances and lights when not in use. Coffee makers and toaster ovens don't need to be plugged in all day.
7. Make sure your fan is spinning clockwise. This will create a wind-chill effect. Turn your ceiling fan off when you exit the room. Fans cool people not rooms.
Bonus: This summer, wear skimpier clothing, keep yourself hydrated, take cooler showers and plant shade trees around your house.