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  • Use your windows to cool your house and keep the heat out. 

    Turn off your cooling system at night and open your windows while you're sleeping. When you wake up in the morning, shut the windows and blinds to help keep the cool air in your house.

    Use your thermostat efficiently

    Set your thermostat as high as you can while remaining comfortable. The smaller the difference in your thermostat between the indoor temperature and the outdoor temperature, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.

    Keep your house warmer than normal when you are away and then lower it to 78º F (26ºC) only when you are at home and need cooling. A programmable thermostat can do this for you automatically to a schedule so you do not have to worry about adjusting it numerous times a day.

    Use fans and ventilation strategies to cool your home

    If you use air conditioning, a celing fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4º F with no reduction in your comfort level. 

    Turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room. Remember, fans cool people, not the rooms, by creating a wind chill effect. 

    When you shower or take a bath, use the bathroom fan to remove the heat and humidity from your home. Your laundry room might benefit from spot ventilation. Make sure bathroom and kitchen fans are vented to the outside and not just the attic of your home. 

    Keep your cooling system running efficiently

    Schedule regular maintenance from Baker Heating & Air for your cooling equipment. 

    Avoid placing lamps or TVs near your room air conditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these devices which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than needed.

    Do not heat your home with appliances and lighting

    On hot days, avoid using the oven; cook on the stove, use a microwave or even grill outside. 

    Install efficient lighting that runs cooler. Only about 10-15% of the electricity that incandescent lights consume results in light. The rest is turned into heat!

    Take advantage of daylight instead of artificial lighting, but avoid direct sunlight.

    Wash only full loads of dishes and laundry. Air dry both dishes and laundry as well.

    Take shorter showers instead of a bath.

    Minimize activities that generate a lot of heat, such as running a computer, burning open flames, running dishwashers and using curling irons and hair dryers. Even radios and TVs will add some heat to your home.

    Keep hot air from leaking into your home

    Seal all cracks and openings to prevent warm air from seeping into your house.

    Add caulk and/or weatherstrip around leaky doors and windows.

    Lower your water heating costs

    Water heating accounts for about 18% of the energy consumed in your home.

    Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting, about 120º F. You'll not only save energy but you'll avoid scalding yourself!

     

    The above information was obtained from the United States Department of Energy. http://energy.gov/energysaver/spring-and-summer-energy-saving-tips