Money Saving Tip
We make money then have to
spend it on bills unfortunately. But, do not throw all
your money away to bills, implement this frugal money
saving tip in your household today.
Cool Summer Savings
heat is here in full force and that means BBQs, swimming
pools and higher energy bills as you
try to keep your cool. The good news is that if you
apply a few common sense ideas and solutions to tackle
the heat, that energy bill doesn't have to be near as
high as it has been in the past.
The first place to begin is to go directly to the source
and give your air conditioner the once over. Spending a
little on prevention up front can save a bundle down the
road. If you haven't had someone come by to give your
air conditioner a check-up in awhile, it is time to do
so. Make sure that the coils are
cleaned, there is plenty of refrigerant and check that
all the filters are clean and don't need to be replaced.
If your air conditioner is more than a few years old, it
may be time to replace it. The Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) estimates that half of the average home's
energy bill comes from heating and
cooling. Purchasing a new air conditioner and heating
equipment with an EPA approved Energy Star rating
label can reduce your overall energy bill anywhere from
10 to 40 percent and replacing an air conditioner
10 years old can cut your cooling costs by up to half.
The next step is to update you home's cooling control
panel. If you don't already have a programmable
thermostat, it's time to invest in one since this
investment will usually pay itself off in well under a
year and as quickly as a few months. Constantly
adjusting your thermostat not only makes it difficult
for you to get comfortable, it wastes a lot of energy. A
programmable thermostat will keep your home at your
desired temperature much more efficiently than you can
do by hand. It also allows you to turn off the air conditioner when you aren't at home and begin cooling
down the house even before you arrive back home. In
addition, purchasing a ceiling fan can also be a wise
investment. It will allow you to use your air conditioner less in the cooler morning and evening
hours, and will help spread the cool air throughout
the room when you are using it.
The landscaping around you house will directly effect
you energy bill. Rock, asphalt and cement in non
shaded areas around the south or west sides of your
house will increase your energy costs since those
materials will raise the level of heat around your home.
The Department of Energy estimates that
replacing those materials with deciduous trees (they
provide shade in the summer when they're in full
and sun in the winter when their leaves have fallen) can
save you $100 to $250 a year in cooling and heating costs. In addition, you want to make sure that your
landscaping provides shade for your air
conditioning unit, but with enough free space so that
air flow is not impeded.
For areas that can't be shaded by landscaping, make sure
that rooms that get direct sunlight have curtains or
shades that can be drawn shut during the day. It may
also be worth the investment to treat south facing
windows with heat reflecting films.
Another major cause of rising heat in our home is the
use of appliances. Running your dishwasher, oven,
washer and dryer will all increase the heat inside your
house making your air conditioner work that much
harder. Save these activities for the cooler evening or
early morning hours whenever possible. Lights that
give off heat, TVs and stereos also will increase the
temperature in the house so reducing their use will
save you money. It's important that any of these
electrical devices is not placed near your thermostat
since the thermostat can sense the heat given off by
them which will cause your air conditioner to work
harder than it needs to.
Escaping cool air can also be a major problem in keeping
you comfortable and not making your air
conditioner work harder than it needs to. Caulking air
leaks in doors and window frames will be well worth
the investment. In the same sense, close the cooling
vents in rooms that are rarely used as well as the
room doors. Also keep all your closet doors closed since
there is no need to spend the money cooling the
areas of the house that you are not using.
Opening and shutting doors to the outside can
significantly increase your cooling costs. If you have
pets, consider installing a pet door to save energy.
Holding doors open for pets while they make up their
mind whether to go out or stay in increases the load on
your air conditioner. This activity can be extra
costly in summer since people often lower their
thermostat to combat the humidity that comes in. It
also pays to carefully use your ventilating fans in the
kitchen, bathroom and other areas. Leaving these
on can suck out an entire houseful of cooled air in an
hour, so be sure to turn them off after they have done
As you can see, staying comfortable during the summer
heat doesn't have to mean a large energy bill in the
mail. Use the hints provided to help reduce your cooling
costs and stay comfortable for a fraction of
what it has been costing you. That is definitely the way
to keep your cool.
About the Author:
Jeffrey Strain has published hundreds of money saving
articles and the creator of the Daily Money Saving
Challenge Program. He is also the co-owner of
SavingAdvice.com, a website dedicated to saving you
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