Cutting the Cost of Keeping Cool
When the mercury rises in Texas, chances are your energy costs are not far behind. Cooling your home can be responsible for as much as 70% of your energy usage. According to The United States Department of Energy, air conditioners use about 6% of all the electricity produced in the U.S. each year, at an estimated annual cost of $29 billion.
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to cut your electric usage and keep your bill more manageable throughout the summer months.
Reset Your Temp
Your home’s temperature should change with the seasons. Most experts recommend a summer thermostat setting of 78 degrees during the summer.
Block the Sun
Blocking direct sunlight with shades, curtains or blinds will help keep the heat outside. Make sure to close them in the afternoon to help minimize AC usage.
Befriend the Fan
Ceiling fans can be an effective way to supplement an existing air conditioning system. Balancing fan use and air conditioning can result in overall energy savings.
Wash in Cold
Adjusting the way you do laundry could help you save energy. And don’t worry, cold water washing can effectively clean your garments; in fact many manufacturers recommend it.
Get Into LEDs
According to the United States Department of Energy, LED bulbs use substantially less energy than incandescent bulbs or CFLs. Replacing your home’s five most frequently used fixtures or bulbs with ENERGY STAR® models.