- Postpone activities that require hot water – such as washing dishes or clothes – to early morning or late evening. This will avoid adding more heat and humidity to the home.
- Avoid using the stove if possible and consider grilling outside instead. Plan carefully to minimize the number of trips in and out of the home, which allow heat to enter.
- Raise the temperature setting on the thermostat. For every degree raised, customers can save as much as 3 percent on cooling costs.
- Turn off unnecessary lights. They add to the heat in the home. Consider switching to cooler, energy-efficient CFL bulbs or LED bulbs.
- Use ceiling fans and portable floor fans to move the air around in the home. If the home does not have air conditioning, fans are essential for cooling. In homes with air conditioning, fans allow residents to raise the thermostat and save energy without affecting comfort.
- Close drapes during the hottest times of the day to block heat from entering the home.
- Make sure window air conditioners are sized correctly. Ones that are too small will run constantly but not cool the room. Ones that are too large use more energy than necessary.
- Clean filters in window air conditioning units and clean or replace filters in central air conditioning systems. Clogged filters cause air conditioners to use more energy than necessary to keep a home cool.
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