Some Tips to Save Money and Stay Cool This Summer

Source: U.S. Department of Energy:

Summer usually means high electric bills. This year is not expected to be any different. In fact parts of Asia are already experiencing record heat. With the weather turning warm in the US, it won't be long before we're staring down huge energy bills related to keeping cool when the temperature goes up.

Let us beat the weather with some tips on how to save energy and money this Summer. The US Department of Energy's summer energy savings tips are designed to give you low-cost or no-cost ways to help you save on energy bills and keep cool at the same time by doing things like letting your home heat up when you're not home, and turning it down only when you're home and need to cool off.

They also suggest opening the windows in the evening to give the AC a break, which those of us with allergies sadly cannot do, but keeping your windows covered in the daytime is a great way to keep the sun from heating up your home or apartment once you've gotten it nice and cool. They also recommend not trying to cool off in front of the fridge, and to avoid using appliances like the dryer and oven on hot days. None of those ideas are particularly new or different, but they bear repeating, especially if you don't have air conditioning at all.

Another suggestion: avoid turning your thermostat all the way down to try and get your air conditioner to cool off your home or apartment "faster." It doesn't actually work, and will wind up running your AC unit heavily while it tries. Worst case scenario, it'll freeze the coolant lines to your AC, and it'll stop working until they thaw out.

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