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Are you feeling the heat? Don’t sweat it! Simple changes and choices can help you beat the heat and keep your temperature down without sending your energy bill up. 

1. Keep your curtains closed  

Make sure to close curtains and shades on sun-facing windows to keep the heat out and your home cool and comfortable. As an extra bonus, you can also plant trees by windows to provide natural shade for your home.  

2. Use ceiling fans  

Fans can be your best friend during the summer months. Fans help keep people cool, not rooms. Be sure to turn them off when leaving a room to help you save. If you raise your thermostat by only two degrees and use your ceiling fan, you can lower your air conditioning costs by up to 14%.  

3. Get creative in the kitchen 

Avoid adding extra heat to your home by grilling outside, or with a crockpot or microwave. Using stoves and ovens can heat your home by 30% causing your AC to work harder. If you do cook in the kitchen, turn on your exhaust fan to move the hot air outside or prepare your food ahead of time, during lower, off-peak hours and reheat to save. 

4. Pre-cool your home  

Take control of your energy usage and bills by adjusting your programmable thermostat to pre-cool your home before 3 p.m. or turning your thermostat up a few degrees when you know you won’t be home

5. Seal air leaks

When things heat up outside, keep the cool AC air inside your home by sealing leaks in doors and windows to save on average 15% of annual cooling costs. Adding caulk is a quick and low-cost way to increase comfort and reduce energy use. 

6. Use power strips 

Using a power strip allows multiple power sources to be plugged into one location and makes it easier to power those sources off all at once. There are also smart strips that will shut off products not in use automatically.   

7. Delay household chores 

Hold off on doing laundry or dishwashing until after 7 p.m. when the outdoor temperatures are cooler, and rates are lower. These appliances can add heat and humidity to your home.  

8. Uncover vents 

Keep the cool air moving. Make sure your air vents are not blocked or covered by any furniture, it prevents the air flow through your house.

9. Clear your AC unit

Make sure you keep your AC system free of leaves and other debris, have the system serviced regularly, replace your air filter monthly or as needed, and shut off vents to unused or unoccupied rooms to help reduce your cooling costs.

 

And don’t forget your furry family members. Take advantage of these tips to help keep your pets cool.