Summer is just around the corner. That means picnics, motorcycle rides, and vacation. It also means air conditioning and energy waste. Here are three ways to keep a handle on your energy costs this summer.
- Air conditioning is the largest drain on your energy bill during the summer. Just like your car, your air conditioner needs to be tuned up regularly in order to run efficiently. That includes cleaning filters monthly and replacing them according to the manufacturers specifications.
- Install a digital thermostat, then keep it set to 72 degrees when you are home and raise it to 78 degrees while you sleep. The EPA estimates that you can save an average of $180 this way.
- Consider putting a solar film on your windows. This film can block up to 70% of the Sun’s rays. This lets your air conditioner work less, saving you up to 30% on your cooling bill for the summer.
Saving money is a year round affair. Hopefully, these tips will help you enjoy your summer a little more, and not need credit counseling by the time it gets cool again.