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6 Ways to Lower Your Energy Bills This Summer

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piggy bank surrounded by dollar bills used to pay energy billsIt seems like the temperatures aren’t the only thing that goes up over the summer; home energy bills also seem to skyrocket—and it’s normal to feel like there’s not a thing you can do about your rising bills.  The truth couldn’t be any more different; while you can can’t control the hot summer weather, there are steps you can take to lower your home energy bills this summer.

Use your ceiling fans.

Ceiling fans use less energy than your AC, so make sure you use them.  Set your fans to a counter-clockwise direction for maximum cooling; the cool air is directed down on you so you can cool down efficiently.

Install a thermostat.

Experts estimate that a programmable thermostat can lower your bills by more than 5% annually.  How does it do that?  A programmable thermostat allows you to raise the temperature when you are away and cools home when you are home.

Avoid the greenhouse effect.

Know the direction of your windows and use that knowledge to lower your bills.  Close your curtains and blinds during the day to keep your home from baking in the hot sun and trapping the heat in your home.

Inspect & improve the efficiency of your home.

If you own your home, make sure you have efficient windows that keep the cool in during the summer and the heat in during the winter.  When looking for a new home, ask your real estate agent questions about the major systems that impact your energy bills, such as about the age of the HVAC system and windows.  If you have any concerns about the energy efficiency of a property, talk to your real estate agent to find out their recommendations BEFORE you buy the property.

Enjoy your lower level.

Heat rises, but that doesn’t mean your energy bills have to.  Take advantage of the cooler lower levels of your home, such as your basement or first floor.  If you don’t want to turn on your AC or raise your energy bills, set up a sleeping area in the coolest areas of your home.

Tour homes with coolness in mind.

If you are looking for a new home, look for (or hire a real estate with the experience to look for) homes with newer windows and HVAC systems, homes that are designed to take advantage of cool breezes, and/or homes with cool lower levels that you can use to keep your temperature—and your energy bills—low.