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How to Keep Your Home Cool & Electric Bill Low This Summer

Grilling OutsideHere are some great ways to keep your home cool this summer without increasing your air conditioning bill.

Use Window Coverings

If you have west facing windows, close the blinds in the afternoons, which is usually the hottest part of the day. Or, at least tilt them upwards so they prevent heat from pouring through the windows. Direct sunlight can increase the temperature inside your home. Reflective window panels are another great option.

Get a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat can help you save on energy costs. You can preset the thermostat to reduce the temperature by a few degrees during the hottest part of the day, so it stays nice and cool without wasting energy all day long. You won’t need to worry about turning the thermostat up when you leave and down when you get home either.

Install Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are great because moving air makes you feel cooler. It’s important to know that the blades should rotate counterclockwise so they push the cooler air down. You can also turn on the exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen to help move the warm air outside your home. 

Open Windows at Night

Enjoy the summer breeze flowing through your home by opening the windows in the evening. This also gives the humid air in your home a chance to flow outside. The cool night air will circulate while you sleep so you can get a fresh, cool start in the morning. 

Outdoor Grilling

The oven and other kitchen appliances can really heat up your home. Unless you can cook during the coolest part of the day, get outside and show off your grilling skills. There are lots of delicious meals you can grill. This is a great way to spend quality time outdoors with your family and keep your home cool at the same time.

Turn Off Lights and Electronics

Keep the lights and electronics turned off when you aren’t using them. The less heat produced by light bulbs and electronics inside your home will result in cooler temperatures.

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