Whether you’re looking to move or you’ve just found your dream home, you have something in common with millions of other Americans: fighting off a hot summer. You may be sweating already, but your A/C bill could make you sweat even harder. Want to defeat the heat without breaking the bank? Try out these helpful ways to save on cooling costs this summer.
Rely on Your Fan
Ah, a cool breeze! Your fan can make the day a lot more bearable—and it doesn’t cost nearly as much as dialing up the A/C. Whether you have a ceiling fan or a miniature one, they’ll be a great help.
Try a New Way of Cooking
We use our ovens a lot! Still, they can heat up our houses. One of the ways you can save on cooling costs this summer is by using your microwave. You can heat up leftovers, make a frozen dinner, or pop some popcorn for a snack. Summer is also the perfect time for outdoor grilling! Cook up some hotdogs and burgers for a delicious meal that doesn’t heat up the house.
Close the Curtains
Birds, green trees, and butterflies—you can see them all through your window. What you won’t see is the heat creeping in! Keep your curtains closed so that extra heat doesn’t seep into your home.
Turn Up the Temperature
If you—and everyone else in your home—can bear it, try turning up the temperature. Even putting it at 75 degrees can be helpful. Still, if you have old, very young, or ill residents in your home, you may have to try other cooling methods.
Are you out of the house for work or school? What about the other residents in your home? If you’re all leaving an empty house, you can be strategic about your temperature. Turn up the dial while you’re gone and turn it down when you return. A smart thermostat like Nest will even detect when you are and are not at home and adjust the temperature accordingly.
Do Dishes by Hand
Did you know that your dishwasher can contribute to the heat? That’s right! Fortunately, there’s a solution: doing dishes by hand. It’s a bit more time-consuming, but when your bill comes, you’ll be happy you did it.
Fix the Filter
You’ve done small fixes throughout the house to keep out the heat. Now, it’s time to see if you need to fix your air filter. Make sure to replace it if need be!
Check on the Ducts and Vents
How are your vents doing? What about the ducts? Check on them and see. If you don’t know what to look for, don’t worry! You can call in a professional to help you out.
Shut the Doors
Shut the front door—and the bedroom door, and the bathroom door, and, well, you get it. Open doors can mean the cool air leaks out. Closed doors, on the other hand, help you keep the cold air in the room.
Now, you know a whole lot of ways to save on cooling costs this summer. Are you still looking for the right place to spend the summer—and many happy years? What about selling? No matter what your real estate needs are, Bill Mackey can help you find or sell residential and commercial properties. To learn more, call us at 307-690-6879. For more on real estate, check out our blog.