With the arrival of summer heat comes the need for increased air conditioner usage; however this does not necessarily mean an increased energy bill. According to the Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings published by members of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, there are countless ways not only to stay cool during the summer months, but also to increase the efficiency of both cost and energy.
Several tips include:
-“….employing cost-effective conservation measures. Provide effective shade for east and west windows. When possible, delay heat-generating activities such as dish-washing until evening on hot days”
-Utilize ceiling fans to keep rooms comfortable even at a higher thermostat setting.
-Have your AC unit checked for proper sizing as well as current energy efficient technology. More here