Ready or not summer has arrived and has brought along with it higher energy prices and homeowners scrambling to find inexpensive ways to keep their homes cool.

Maximize Your Air Conditioning

Open windows and use a portable fan instead of running the A/C. Use a fan along with your window air conditioner to spread the cool air though out the house. Don’t put lamps or televisions near your A/C thermostat; the heat from these devices can cause the air conditioner to run longer. Consider installing a whole house fan that pulls air through open windows and exhausts it through the roof, which can cool the home quickly and reducing energy up to a third in comparison to an air conditioner.

Little Things Add Up

Replace light bulbs with compact fluorescents, they produce the same amount of light but use a fifth of the energy and heat. Air-dry dishes instead of using dishwasher dry cycle. Use microwave oven instead of electric oven. Plug home
electronics into power strips and turn power strips off when not in use. Lower the thermostat on the water heater, 115 degrees is comfortable for most uses. Take showers instead of baths to reduce use of hot water. Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.

And remember, if your home is on the market, your Realtor may suggest the air conditioner be on during open houses. A cooler home is more inviting in warm weather.