Air conditioning, along with heating, is among the most expensive uses of energy in your home. With the hot summer months upon us, here are some simple steps to take to reduce your cooling costs and save a bit of money:
Home Energy Saver , which will give you information and comparable energy-use statistics for homes in your area. If your costs are significantly higher than other homes, hiring someone to come out for an energy audit -- even at full cost -- probably makes sense. If done by your utility company or a professional, an energy audit will provide you with information on the steps that you can take to plug the leaks and a cost analysis of how long it will take for the fixes to pay for themselves.