July 21, 2021
When it gets hot and muggy outside, your home air conditioning system can really run up your energy bills unless you adopt a few smart energy-saving habits.
Handy Hints Holly
Keep your vents clear. Your air conditioner can't work efficiently if your vents are blocked by rugs or furniture. Check all of your vents to make sure they're open, free of dust and directing air toward the center of the room.
Block out the sun. Keeping the shades or blinds drawn on sun-facing windows is essential to keeping your home cool.
It's hot enough outside, and firing up your oven won't make your air conditioner's job any easier. Outdoor grilling and microwave cooking are two ways to prepare food without generating extra heat.
Curb daytime use of other big appliances. Some appliances - dryers and dishwashers in particular - can also put out a good deal of unwanted heat. Wait until after dark to run these and other large appliances.