How to Cut Down Your Home Cooling Cost


Authored by Yudi Yuviama in Energy
Published on 01-15-2009

Air conditioner may be the most costly appliance in your house. Save a little bit on the monthly energy cost by applying a few of the following ideas:

  1. Turn up the thermostat a little bit. If you usually have it set to seventy-two degrees during the summertime, switch to seventy-eight degrees. When it is ninety-five degrees in the shade outdoor, seventy-eight degrees still feels cool and comfortable.
  2. Utilize fans to distribute air. Circulating air feels a few degrees colder than stagnant air. Overhead ceiling fan works effectively for cooling the entire house, but even a little box fan or oscillating fan makes the air moving.
  3. At the end of the daytime, when the temperature outdoor cools off, turn off the air conditioner, open the windowpanes, and put an outward facing fan in a windowpane to throw out the warm air from the room. A ventilation fan in an upstairs windowpane works better. Opening up a downstairs windowpane simultaneously permits a full cross breeze to build up throughout your house. The fan cools down your house a lot faster than the time it needs to only spread open the windowpanes and let the warm air stay in the room. Open the windowpanes only when humidity is at low level, however. Otherwise, the air conditioning will have to work a good deal harder to cool the wet air when you turn it on.

The basic line of defense in cutting down your home cooling bills is to hold back the heat outdoor, but defeating the heat build up inside your house is also a good thing to do:

  1. Utilize your exterior grill more frequently, to keep from warming up the kitchen.
  2. Use smaller appliances rather than the oven and stove for cooking. The slow cooker, electric skillet, microwave oven and toaster oven give out lower heat and are more efficient. Urge everybody to put on shorts and go sleeveless in the home. This will aid in keeping body temperatures lower and the atmosphere cool. Before you leave home, put on white or lighter colors, which aids to keep your body from drawing in and confining heat from the sun. When you return inside, you’ll be less warm than if you had put on darker clothing.
  3. Dry clothing in the dryer on the no-heat mode; put a clean, dry towel to the dryer to absorb excess moisture from the clothing.
  4. Hang your rinsed clothes under the sun. You can get retractable clotheslines that can be placed in almost any cramped space. Or just lay your clothing on hangers and put them on a line in the washing room.
  5. Activate no-heat drying setting on the dishwasher. Do not open the door right after the rinsing cycle; you will just let out steam and more heat to the room.
  6. Take quick showers to prevent accumulation of steam. Use the ventilation fans in the bathroom in the summertime.
  7. Dark colors take in more heat, so if the external walls of your home are painted dark, consider painting the home with a lighter paint color.

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