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How to Save Money on Your Electric Bill During Summer Months

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As the hot summer months approach, your bill will be on the rise right along with the temperatures. The hotter the days the harder your air conditioner will be working to keep your home comfortable. While you can invest in energy conserving appliances and upgrade your windows, you likely don’t what to invest thousands in your home just to save hundreds on your electric bill.

Instead, there are simple ways to reduce your monthly bill and lighten your air conditioner’s work load. Here’s a look at how you can do just that.

Use Energy-Saving Window Treatments

Closing the curtains and lowering the blinds on the sunny side of your house will help keep you cooler on hot days and give your air conditioning unit a much needed helping hand. Plus, installing heavy drapes can be an effective way of keeping your house that much cooler.

If you like the view outside you can also opt for applying window film to the glass. You have the options of a do-it-yourself cut-and-stick film or a professionally applied film. Both will reduce radiant heat.

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Turn Your Air Conditioner Up 1-2 Degrees

Instead of setting your home’s temp at 67 degrees, raise it to 68 degrees. Chances are you’ll never notice the difference in your home’s temperature, but will notice a difference on your bill. If your system has an energy saver option, all the better.

Note: Turning your air conditioner off and on in hopes of saving money will generally do just the opposite. This is because once you turn your air back on your system has to work overtime to get your house cool again.

Shut Doors To Unused Rooms

The less space your system needs to cool, the quicker and easier it will be able to do its job. By stopping the airflow to certain areas of your house, you’ll help significantly reduce your air conditioner’s work load.

Turn On Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans use less energy and let you wisely limit the use of your air conditioner to extremely hot days. Well placed fans can keep cool air circulating in the house with much less effort. For rooms that don’t already have them, consider purchasing ceiling fan units. They are well worth the investment.

Limit Your Use Of Lighting During The Day

Lastly, a simple way to conserve energy and lower your electric bill is to limit your use of lighting during the day. This alone will significantly reduce your electric bill.

Saving money on your electric bill is easy when you know where to make cuts. These are proven, simple, cost-effective ways to reduce your energy use during the hot summer months. Give them a try and reap the benefits.

 

Posted in Real Estate Tips on Sep 08, 2016

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