7 Ways to Keep Energy Costs Low as the Weather Warms Up
Spring is here and your air conditioner will be running full blast before you know it. Everyone is feeling the pain of rising energy costs each summer, so it’s best to prepare for the spike in your bills beforehand. Luckily, there are little tricks for keeping your air conditioning costs down. Here are seven simple tips:
- Close the Blinds / Curtains – Yes, that natural light looks lovely inside the house, especially after the long winter months. However, you are heating your house up like an oven when you keep your blinds and/or curtains open.
- Use Ceiling Fans Wisely – Not only will ceiling fans keep your house cool, they can also keep your house warm in the opposite rotation. In other words, make sure you are using your ceiling fans currently when you change seasons.
- Keep the Doors Shut – You weren’t born in a barn! Yes, there was a reason why your parents shouted that at you when you left the door open. They had to pay the resulting energy bills!
- Weatherstrip Your Doors / Windows – You may not realize how much air is traveling through the gaps by your windows and doors. Weatherstripping is cheap and simple, so don’t skip it.
- Use Solar Screens – You can have solar screens fitted for your windows for several hundred dollars and this will more than pay for itself within a year or two. In fact, you should see immediate results with your first bill after installation.
- Turn Unnecessary Lights Off – Again, your parents may have scolded you about “leaving the lights on.” As lame as that sounded when you were young, they were right about it costing some major money.
- Use Energy-Saving Light Bulbs – This is also something you should be practicing year round to keep your energy costs down. This tip, combined with the four above, should save you loads of money.
Your daily habits contribute greatly to the cost of your monthly energy bills, so you can’t always blame the weather or big business. With the money you save by adhering to the tips above, you will have saved money that could be put toward wiser investments.
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