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How To Stay Cool and Save Energy Costs At Home

Aug 17, 2007
If you are looking for a more inexpensive way to cool your home and save energy costs at the same time, you are not alone. In order to truly realize your money saving potential, we recommend you undertake the following advice.

1. Your Cooling System Must Suit Your Home

For you and your family, maintaining the right temperature is very important. With global warming on the rise, it has become increasingly difficult to cool your home at an affordable price.

2. Checklist At Home

- Service your central air conditioning unit yearly,
- Check the furnace or air conditioner filter each month, and clean or replace it as needed. Dirty filters block air flow through your heating and cooling systems, increasing your energy bill and shortening the equipment's life.
- Install a programmable thermostat
- Turn off everything not in use: lights, TVs, computers, etc.
- Air ducts need to be cleaned regularly
- Turn lights off when you leave your home
- Activate "sleep" features on computers and office equipment that power down when not in use for a while. Turn off equipment during longer periods of non-use to cut energy costs and improve longevity.
- About 15 percent of an average home energy bill goes to heating water. To save hot water, take five-minute showers instead of baths. Do only full loads when using the clothes washer or dishwasher.
- Lower the temperature on your water heater. It should be set at warm, so that a thermometer held under running water reads no more than 120 degrees.
-Only heat or cool the rooms you need close vents and doors of unused rooms

3. Home Cooling Systems

You can slash your energy bills by as much as forty percent simply by changing your furnace or central air unit. Seemingly these will work but in actually they are the most expensive to maintain..

4. Insulation Is The Key

The older homes should be carefully inspected by a profession. If you are going to remodel your house anyway, you should really consider installing a central air system. In particular, check your walls for the appropriate insulation and make sure windows are double paned.

5. Don't forget lighting

Incandescent light bulbs are very outdated now. Did you know that 95 percent of the energy a light bulb used goes to heating the bulb. This adds extra heat to your home in the summer. Replace your frequently light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs and save each year. Compact fluorescent bulbs use two-thirds less energy and last up to 10 times longer.
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