How To Reduce Your Sizzling AC Bills This Summer

Dated: 07/19/2017

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Summer in the South means high energy bills!  And after an extended heat wave, you can expect a large boost to your electricity bill of which half, or more than half, is from A/C costs.  Here are a few ways you can reduce the cost and still stay cool:

  1. Adjust your thermostat. A study found that for each degree you set your thermostat above 75 degrees, you could save 10%-15% in energy. Experts recommend that you set your thermostat at 78 degrees when you are home and  82-85 degrees when you are outside or gone for the day.

  2. Cover windows with blinds or curtains. When you minimize the amount of sunlight coming into a room, your A/C will not need to work as hard to cool it off. Venetian blinds and lined curtains are very helpful for this.

  3. Plant shrubs and trees. When you plant shrubs and trees on the west and south sides of your house in front of windows, they can not only block some of the sunlight, but also add coolness due to transpiration, or water loss through the the leaves.

  4. Keep your roof a light color. A roof painted a light color can be more than 50 degrees cooler, whereas a dark colored roof can reach temperatures of 150 degrees on a hot summer day.

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