HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON COOLING COSTS
Install a whole house fan. These things are amazing. They are basically an exhaust fan designed to suck hot air from your house out through the attic. We installed one of these and we use our air conditioning much less. We leave the windows open and cool air is pulled in while hot air is pushed out.
Change your habits. Tough times call for tough measures. Use of air conditioning may feel good, but it does eat away at the budget. So, take some measures to find other ways to cool off. Close the blinds, spend more time in lower levels of your home, where it is cooler, use fans, have a Popsicle. And, be sure to be good about keeping lights off when you don’t need them and unplugging appliances that are not in use.
Buy a Programmable Thermostat. By installing this $35 device, you can save on both your heating and cooling expenses. Why heat your home while you are away at work or elsewhere? Using a programmable thermostat allows you to increase the temperature right before you get home and to decrease right after you leave in the morning. (For cooling in the summer, set it to do the opposite.)
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