Spring is here, and summer is just around the corner. That means that most of us are in the midst of spring cleaning. As you clean, you might find yourself thinking about how to make your home more energy-efficient. Let’s take a look at a few ways to reduce your home’s utility bills.
Find Creative Cooling Methods
Homeowners who have air conditioning should consider installing ceiling fans. They’ll circulate the cold air that blows out of the vents so that it is evenly spread throughout the home. Many homes with ceiling fans may cost less to cool. The presence of a single ceiling fan allows a homeowner to reduce his thermostat setting by an average of 4 degrees Fahrenheit.
Make Prudent Use of Your Windows
Your home’s windows can be used to keep the spring and summer heat out while taking advantage of cooler evening air. When there are cool nights, turn off your air conditioner at night and open all of your windows while you sleep. Close the windows and blinds in the morning to enjoy the cool air that your home captured overnight.
Focus on the Thermostat
Set the thermostat as high as possible in the summer to lower your cooling bill. If you can narrow the gap between your indoor air temperature and the temperature outside, you may even save some money. If you spend time away from home, let it warm up to a temperature that is higher than normal. Lower the thermostat to about 78 degrees Fahrenheit when you are actually at home and need cool air for relief. Consider installing a programmable thermostat that facilitates the setting of your home’s temperature to obtain maximum efficiency. This way, you can help avoid unnecessary cooling and associated costs.